Shipowners have opted increasingly in favour of diesel engines for the propulsion of large cellular vessels since fuel oil prices began to soar from late 1973. Orders for such container vessels of 500-plus TEU placed prior to the rapid change in bunker economics from early 1974 meant that steam turbines were still dominating the power plant scene at the end of 1976. Since 1977 the diesel engine has swept the field, to the extent-of a current 90% market share. An examination of trends in the types of propulsive power installed in large cellular ships since 1967 shows that, irrespective of bunker availability, quality and price, the diesel is moving towards 100% domination. This analysis is based on data just published within the 1980 edition of Containerisation International's Yearbook.

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    National Magazine Company Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Gibney, R F
  • Publication Date: 1980-2

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  • Accession Number: 00312214
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1980 12:00AM