BENEFITS AT LEVINGSTON FROM IMPORTED JAPANESE TECHNOLOGY

In the first stage of this contract IHI supplied a reworked version of its successful Future 32 bulk carrier design to meet Levingston's current construction requirements and also re-arranged to be powered by a U.S.-built diesel engine. This design has now become the basis of a current five-ship contract for Levingston Falcon-1 Shipping Company,a partnership between Levingston Shipbuilding and Falcon Carriers, in which the yard retains a 55 per cent holding. The second part of the IHI agreement is in a research and development contract to discover the extent to which Japanese shipbuilding technology can be imported, which would best help U.S. shipyards in improving productivity, world competitiveness, and output. MarAd has agreed to share the cost of this exchange for up to 40,000 man hours. The final part of the contract is the involvement of IHI as independent construction supervisor for the five-ship contract. Due to the substantial state subsidies involved in these contracts, Levingston chose a twin American-built Transamerica DeLaval medium-speed diesel engine intallation instead of the single slow-speed machine originally specified for the Future 32. The DeLaval engines selected are the DMRV-12-4 model, each of twelve cylinders and developing 7 412 bhp at 450 rev/min. With two of these engines driving into a common gearbox these 36,000 ton d.w. bulkers should have a top speed of around 17 knots and it is estimated that cruising at around 15.7 knots the ship should have a daily fuel consumption in the order of 58 tons on No. 2 a diesel or residual fuel oil.

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    IPC Industrial Press Limited

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  • Publication Date: 1980-8

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  • Accession Number: 00319508
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM