Kongsberg Maritime started to deliver new BWMS to a series of 11 vessels building in China for Danish shipping company TORM.
This month, Kongsberg Maritime started to deliver new bearing wear monitoring systems (BWMS) to a series of 11 vessels building in China for Danish shipping company TORM. The new engine monitoring equipment was ordered in February 2009 and will integrate with the K-Chief 500 automation solution already chosen by TORM for all eleven newbuilds.
BWMS is designed to monitor wear in bearings of large two stroke diesel engines. It will provide an early warning if any of the three crank-train bearings (crosshead, crank and main bearings) experience unexpected wear problems during ship operations, which will enable the crew to carry out preventative engine maintenance in order to save downtime and ultimately, money.
The system is available as a stand-alone solution, or it can be fully integrated with Kongsberg"s Maritime K-Chief 500 and AutoChief C20 automation systems.
In the case of the TORM newbuilds, the system will use the bearing wear monitoring mimic in the K-Chief 500 to monitor the wear and trending measurements and a two level alarm will also be handled by the K-Chief 500.
The new TORM vessels will be powered by MAN 6S50ME-B Mk8 engines. The BWMS will be installed by engine builder DMD in China.
The open infrastructure of the BWMS provides the opportunity to add additional engine monitoring systems, such as bearing temperature and cylinder liner temperature, Kongsberg said.
"The new BWMS is an accepted solution for both newbuild and retrofit projects. This contract is a particular milestone for Kongsberg Maritime since it represents the first large series of deliveries of the system for the newbuild market," said Arnt Johan Sivertsen, sales manager, Kongsberg Maritime.
"In addition to providing a reliable technical solution, the customer will also benefit from our worldwide service and a strong local presence in China, where the vessels are being built," he added.