Last Friday, we learned a bit about life on board and mostly focused on the deck. As you remember, we mentioned that the crew was divided in two parts : deck and engine. Today, time to get technical and learn a bit about the biggest engine you ever saw.
Imagine your average 100 horsepower city car : perfectly fit for a family of four and carrying the weekly groceries. But what if you had to ship hundreds of thousands of tons of merchandise across the oceans? Now you’d need something a little more powerful.
Well, 900 times more powerful to be accurate. The CMA CGM Bougainville engine is so big that a normal person would feel like an ant while standing next to it. It is as massive as a five floors building. Such an engine provides a 21 knots thrust equivalent to that of 10 A380 airbus reactors (3.000 KNewton): a necessary power to help the ship carry up to 18,000 containers of merchandise between Europe and East Asia during its 77 days rotation.
CMA CGM vessels’ engine came a long way before becoming this massive. Back in 1978, when Jacques Saadé started the company, the one and only ship of the company could only carry up to 200 containers.
- MAN B&W Licensee made :11S90ME-C9.2
- MCR :63,910 kW / 84 RPM
- HFO spec (ME/Aux. Eng./Boiler) : 700/700/700cSt SG1.01
- Fixed-pitch propeller : 6 Blades (TBC)
- Bow thruster :2 x 1,900 kW
- Diesel Generators: 2* 2800 +2 x 3800 kW
- Emergency Generator 1 x 350 kW
Discover the exclusive pictures of a 18,000 class engine. Credits to the talented Jan Sieg for these impressive pictures.