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Ship’s engine for Chile

The third ship’s engine already within a year leaves the Port of Hamburg.

On behalf of Finning Chile S.A. and in cooperation with our partner DECA Express S.A. in Santiago de Chile, BTG’s Hamburg branch office has just shipped the currently largest ship’s engine built by Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG in Kiel to San Antonio in Chile, from where it was transported to a shipyard 1.000 km further in the south.

The eight-cylinder engine of type 8 M 32 C weighing 47.000 kg, measuring 700 x 245 x 376 cm (length x width x height), with an engine performance of 4.000 Kw (approx. 5.440 horsepower) will replace the aging motor of a Ro-Ro ship which transports freight and vehicles and so reduce the emission output and fuel consumption of this ship.

In addition to the basic engine a 40‘ container with accessories such as fresh water pumps, oil and diesel pumps, oil coolers, clutch parts, consoles for future monitoring as well as assembly materials and lots of small items was also shipped.

Prior to collecting the engine in Kiel, an employee of BTG Internationale Spedition GmbH in Hamburg, together with the responsible business manager of Finning Chile SA, was present to witness the final test run of the engine, followed by an extensive factory tour, where he was shown how such a unit is manufactured – from the casting of the engine block up to final assembly.

Earlier this year, an identical engine was already transported to San Antonio in Chile, in order to repair a trawler lying idle with a motor defect in the dockyard there.

BTG Internationale Spedition GmbH in Hamburg delivered a smaller version of this engine, along with the propeller shaft, propeller and other accessories and assembly parts to a shipyard in China, where a newly built fishing trawler awaited its new “centrepiece”.

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