The first marine conference devoted to turbocharger design, performance and service takes place in Hamburg on 25 August; leading tanker owners will detail their needs and turbochar...
The first marine conference devoted to turbocharger design, performance and service takes place in Hamburg on 25 August; leading tanker owners will detail their needs and turbocharger specialists will explain how they are responding
The Worldwide Turbocharger Conference is an industry first, and is being held in response to shipowner, enginebuilder, turbocharger manufacturer and class society demand for a focused forum that addresses present and future trends in turbocharger design, performance, service and innovation. The new one-day event takes place on 25 August in Hamburg, Germany.
High level technical/operational focused papers will be presented across three themed sessions: design; performance and service. Each session will include 20-minute papers presented by experts at the top of their fields, and will culminate in a 15-minute question and answer session. The day climaxes with a 30-minute ’any questions’ forum. Here the senior representatives from the world’s leading turbocharger OEMs will be on the rostrum to take questions from delegates. To ensure that the debate is as lively and interactive as possible, delegates can submit questions to the chairman via e-mail either in advance or on the day. He will pose them during the panel itself. The forum is ‘unscripted’ and will make for a lively end to the day’s proceedings.
At the hub of the programme are presentations from leading specialists from the turbocharger OEM community. Markus Kahi, head of turbocharger engineering, large turbocharging, ABB Turbocharging, Paul Roach, aerodynamics specialist, Napier Turbochargers, and Herbert Schmuttermair, senior manager and head of turbocharger application, MAN Diesel, will speak on turbocharger design, in a session that also features a keynote presentation from Ulrich Hopmann, Caterpillar Motoren.
In session two, Klaus Buchmann, head of engineering, KBB, will address KBB HPR turbocharger field experience and the development status of its new ST27 turbocharger range, while in the third session of the day Yoshihisa Ono, head of design at Mitsubishi, will speak on the all-important issue of service.
Characteristic of all Riviera Maritime Media events, shipowners feature prominently in the technical programme. Claus Tantzen, technical manager, E-R Schiffahrt, will detail the operational impact on turbochargers when slow steaming. He will also offer his perspective on environmental compliance issues.
Flemming Vestergaard, Torm’s general manager in sale, purchase and special projects, will also present. Traditionally, Torm has used ABB turbochargers, however at the conference Mr Vestergaard will be outlining the reasons the company specified MAN TCA 66 turbochargers with variable nozzle rings technology for seven 50,500 dwt chemical/product tankers to be built at Guangzhou Shipyard International’s facilities in China.
Rob Scharff, general manager purchasing, Stolt Tankers, will share details of a 10+ years agreement with ABB for the overhaul of a specific group of turbochargers on board its diesel-electric ships. It took about two years to work out the concept and get the proposed arrangement approved. No requisitions or purchase orders are required and no buyers are involved. Mr Scharff will detail how Stolt Tankers is saving 10 per cent per year versus conventional service call-outs. Peter Zijdemans, general manager, ABB Turbochargers BV, will in turn explain how the arrangement has benefited his company allowing it to plan its purchases and service the equipment in downtime.
Reliability is the watchword for all shipowners and to this end Kian Banisoleiman of Lloyd’s Register will present the industry’s most up-to-date survey of turbocharger related failures for both two-stroke and four-stroke engines in the service session. This is an exclusive update of a 10-year study and will be given its first airing at The Worldwide Turbocharger Conference. In the same session, Bob Hargreaves of RCM Marine will deliver a complete assessment of part-life performance based on the company’s real-time analysis of over 300 turbochargers in service today.
Classification is also represented in the performance session where Karl-Ernst Beese, vice president, Fleet Service Management (Maritime Services), Germanischer Lloyd, will speak on the society’s updated rules on turbocharger test procedures and experience on burst tests.
The day will also see presentations from Ioannis Vlaskos, engineering manager, Ricardo and Jörg Palluch, software design specialist engineer, Friendship Systems. Both Dr Vlaskos (performance session) and Mr Palluch (design session) will be sharing for the first time the results of leading edge research they have undertaken around ‘turbocharger optimisation’.
With networking being such an important part of Riviera Maritime Media’s events, The Worldwide Turbocharger Conference programme has been structured to offer excellent networking and socialising opportunities.
The Worldwide Turbocharger Conference enjoys the official support of the Institution of Diesel & Gas Turbine Engineers and the Verband Deutscher Reader..
ABB Turbochargers is the platinum sponsor of The Worldwide Turbocharger Conference. The event’s gold sponsors are KBB Turbochargers, Napier Turbochargers and TruMarine.
The Worldwide Turbocharger Conference builds on the success of The Worldwide Turbocharger Guide, an annual supplement to Marine Propulsion & Auxiliary Machinery, and that of The Annual Marine Propulsion Conference, which is being held in 2010 on 10-11 March in London. TST