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Tuesday, October 27, 2020 

CSSC Marine Service Co (CMS), the equipment service subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), has extended its range of services for WnGD and RT-Flex two-stroke engines, with the introduction of an injection control unit (ICU) overhaul and testing service, the first time that OEM-authorised ICU overhaul and testing has been available in China.

ICU overhauls are traditionally carried out in two key ports worldwide and often require international shipment of complete ICUs to and from the repair shop at great cost.  The number of vessels stopping or drydocking in China makes CMS’s new service highly convenient and offers the cost advantages of repair work performed at Chinese ship repair yards. It is estimated that around 2,000 ICUs are overhauled globally each year, so the service represents a viable new business line for CMS in China. For CMS the expansion to other key markets can be replicated once this is proven to be popular with owners.

“ICU overhaul and testing are a core service that until now has not been available in one of the world’s biggest ship repair markets,” said Andrew Stump, President CMS. “As a sister company and authorised service partner of WinGD, customers can be assured that CMS’s service is performed to the highest standards while offering even greater convenience and cost efficiency.”

The ICU for RT-Flex engines is electronically controlled to optimise fuel consumption, engine performance behaviour, smooth running, reliable starting characteristics, and reduced particulates at all engine loads. Since its introduction in 2001, the ICU has been installed on more than 1,000 vessels, equating to more than 6,000 individual ICUs. In regular operation the units require reconditioning or replacement after 36,000h, about five years of service.

CMS has a dedicated ICU overhaul and testing workshop in Qingdao and can perform overhauls in as little as 2-3 days. Alternatively, ICU repair kits allow ship crew or yard’s workforce to carry out the repairs recommended under CMS supervision, or operators can opt to have the ICU fully replaced rather than sending existing units for reconditioning.

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