Belcher Tugs To Use Burmeister & Wain Slow Speed Diesels
Burmeister & Wain American Corporation, One State Street Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10004, has announced that Belcher Oil Company, headquartered in Miami, Fla., a wholly owned subsidiary of Coastal States Gas Corporation, of Houston, Texas, signed an agreement with Burmeister & Wain of Copenhagen, Denmark for delivery of two 7L67GF twostroke diesel engines. At the same time, Belcher has the right under this agreement to take delivery of an additional four engines of the same specifications. Each engine is designed to generate 13,100 bhp at 119 rpm equivalent to 9,600 kw.
The slow speed engines, the first two of which will be delivered in October 1978 and April 1979, will be manufactured by Burmeister & Wain in their Copenhagen plant.
The engines will be installed in single-screw tug-barge combination vessels to be used to transport petroleum products from Corpus Christi, Texas, and other Gulf ports to Belcher's marketing areas in Florida and the East Coast. This will represent the first application of Burmeister & Wain slow speed diesel engines to U.S.-flag vessels.
Burmeister & Wain, founded in 1843, designs and manufactures diesel engines for marine and stationary application. The company also designs and builds ships, and specializes in integrated marine transportation designs and systems. The company maintains representative offices in New York, N.Y. and Houston, Texas. In addition, the company's marine service operations in the U.S. are conducted out of New York City, New Orleans, La., and Palo Alto, Calif.