Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment Co (MHI-MME) received its first order for its MET33MBII turbochargers for 12PC2-6B engines manufactured by JFE Engineering Corporation
The turbochargers will be part of the propulsion package for two newbuild ropax vessels built by Naikai Zosen Corporation and owned by Miyazaki Car Ferry Co.
MHI said delivery for the first ship is scheduled for October 2020 and February 2021 for the second.
The company’s MET-MBII series is a new type of axial turbocharger for achieving an increase in air flow volume while maintaining the same standard of maintenance and reliability as MHI’s MET-MB turbocharger.
MHI said the MET-MBII turbocharger provides 16% larger air flow volume compared to the older series. To date, the MET-MB turbocharger has seen over 2,000 units delivered.
In 2018, the company began developing new models of small, lightweight and high-efficiency turbochargers with the aim of completing the first such turbocharger in 2020.
Until the end of 2019, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems manufactured the turbochargers on MHI-MME’s behalf. In January 2020, MHI-MME took over production of MET turbochargers and said it would relocate the production plant from Saiwaimachi to Akunouramachi – both in Nagasaki, Japan.
The company said it will continue to expand its global sales and aims to have the largest share in the turbochargers market. In recent months, MHI’s turbochargers have been chosen for the world’s largest two-stroke diesel engine.