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Evergreen pushes ahead with engine derating programme

Taipei: Evergreen continues to modify its fleet to cut its fuel bills. The Taiwanese liner has gone to Japan’s Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) to modify the engines of three 14,000 teu ships.

MES said in a release, "In recent years, the rising costs of fuel oil together with the need to reduce the environmental impact of shipping vessels have sharply increased the practice of slow steaming especially for large container vessels whose annual fuel oil costs can run into the billions of yen."

The modifications to be carried out,  known as derating, involve reducing the maximum continuous output by modifying the main engine and turbocharger.  [03/09/14]

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