Con­tain­er ships are the largest and heav­i­est ships to cross the oceans. They mea­sure up to 4,000 meters in length and can car­ry gigan­tic loads of thou­sands of tons of steel con­tain­ers in a sin­gle flight. To pro­pel these ves­sels, a huge amount of ener­gy is required, which is pro­vid­ed by mas­sive diesel engines. Most large con­tain­er car­go ships have engines sim­i­lar to this one, which will be dis­cussed in the arti­cle.

largest diesel engine

We wrote about such a giant in an arti­cle about the largest con­tain­er ship, the Mar­co Polo, which also uses pow­er­ful units.

The RT-flex96C is a two-stroke tur­bocharged diesel engine devel­oped by the Finnish man­u­fac­tur­er Wart­si­la. It is cur­rent­ly the largest and most pow­er­ful diesel engine in the world, reach­ing 13.5 meters in height and 26.59 meters in length. The diesel weighs over 2,300 tons and its most pow­er­ful 14-cylin­der ver­sion pro­duces 80,080 kW.
most powerful diesel
The 14-cylin­der ver­sion entered ser­vice in Sep­tem­ber 2006 aboard Emma Marsk, the largest con­tain­er ship to date. The design is based on the old­er RTA96C engine, but the rev­o­lu­tion­ary com­mon rail tech­nol­o­gy does away with the tra­di­tion­al camshaft, chain mech­a­nism, fuel pumps and hydraulic actu­a­tors. The result is bet­ter per­for­mance at low rev­o­lu­tions per minute (RPM), low­er fuel con­sump­tion and low­er emis­sions.

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