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Extraordinary Years
Ship engines

TMMC began manufacturing engines for medium and small ships during the Japanese Colonial Period, and continued to manufacture engines using designs left by the Japanese after the war. However, until the 1970s TMMC still mainly made medium and small engines with horse power in the thousands. In terms of technology development TMMC first focused on quality and performance, for example, TMMC began technology cooperation with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and MAN, a major engine manufacturer in West Germany, in 1965, manufacturing 160~2000 horsepower diesel engines for ships. Later on, TMMC cooperated with the globally renowned B & W in manufacturing diesel engines for medium sized ships. In 1968, the 1st “TMMC- B&W-Alpha” 400-26VO 500 horse power diesel engine was completed; the engine was for open sea heavy load fishing boats and could be used on medium and small passenger and cargo ships.

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By the late 1970s, engines manufactured by TMMC for large ships were no longer limited to B & W or MAN, and TMMC began cooperating with the famous Swiss company Sulzer, importing ship engine technology. In 1978, in coordination with its prime mover manufacturing project, TMMC negotiated with China Ship Building Corporation (CSBC) to build engines for the seven 28 thousand ton container ships ordered by Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. The final decision was for 4 engines to be imported and the remaining 3 engines to be manufactured by TMMC using partial engine parts supplied by Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. In 1980, TMMC completed the first diesel engine for giant ships (9RND90M), and it was the first of its kind to be built in Taiwan.

Milestones of technology breakthroughs of TMMC for ship engines include: the TMMC-Sulzer 7RTA72 diesel engine in 1992; the world’s 2nd TMMC-Sulzer 6RTA84T, a new diesel engine that was installed in the 260 thousand ton oil tanker that CPC Corporation contracted CSBC to build. The singularity of this case is that it was the first time TMMC successfully used a steel mold to make an over stroke liner, which was 3.65m in length and weighed 7,400kg; it was the first in the world to use an overhead camshaft to drive the spring balancer, reducing the engine’s secondary vibration.

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0068/3806/39 /001/001。 File number:0068/3806/39 /001/001
Date of production:September 31st, 1979
Archive name:Ishikawajima large diesel engine (contract with CSBC)
Description:Principles for Letter from CSBC to TMMC on principles of engine production
0067/3901/18/001/005。 File number:0067/3901/18/001/005
Date of production:May 16th, 1981
Archive name:IHI diesel engine trial operations
Description:Annual diesel engine piping construction contract in 1981
0067/3901/18/007/054。 File number:0067/3901/18/007/054
Date of production:August 25th, 1987
Archive name:IHI diesel engine trial operations
Description:New diesel engine exhaust pipe insulation construction contract
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