World’s Most Powerful Marine Diesel Engine Puts Out Nearly 109,000 HP!

By: | March 13th, 2015

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While we know that China is the hub of global production, many never think how such a huge quantity of this Chinese-made merchandise is shipped abroad.

In order to keep up with demand in the US, enormous ships transport goods across the Pacific from China. These ships are really huge, weighing thousands of tons each and some measuring over 1300 feet in length.

Emma Mærsk is one such enormous ship. It is one of the largest container ships in the world and carries 11,000, twenty-foot shipping containers. When launched in 2006 she became the largest container ship ever built.

This gigantic ship needs mammoth engines to power it. The Wärtsilä RTA96C-14 provides all that power to Emma Mærsk.

The RTA96C-14 turbocharged 14-cylinder, two-stroke diesel engine is produced by Swiss company Wartsila-Sulzer, and it is the largest and most powerful diesel engine in the world today.

This 44 ft tall and 90 ft long diesel engine weighs over 2300 tons and can achieve a maximum power output of 108,920 hp at 102 rpm. Improved technology allows the engine to perform better at low revs and consume less fuel.

There is a bright future prospect for the huge Wärtsilä RTA96C-14 engine. There are 25 engines already in service, and 86 more are coming soon on order.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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