B&W Alpha Diesel Names Midland As U.S. Reps For Inland Waterways
Robert Stout, executive vice president, Midland Enterprises Inc., announced recently that an agreement has been reached with B&W Alpha Diesel, Frederikshavn, Denmark, a division of Burmeister & Wain Diesel of Copenhagen, to act as sales and service agents on the U.S. inland waterways for their full line of marine diesel power plants. Under terms of the agreement, Midland will establish a new subsidiary, Inland Water Propulsion Systems, Inc., to represent B&W Alpha's marine propulsion plants, engine, gearbox, controllable pitch propellers, remote controls and monitoring equipment, starting air receivers, exhaust silencers, and propeller nozzles. A full range of four-cycle engines is available from five cylinder with 775 horsepower at 825 rpm per engine to 18 cylinders with 4,705 horsepower at 775 rpm per engine.
The Ohio River Company, another Midland affiliated company, has installed B&W Alpha diesel engines in two towboats under construction and in two new boats now being designed.
The Ohio River Company anticipates a significant operational cost saving because of the fuel efficiency the B&W Alpha engines will deliver. The engines can burn a blended 2100 sec. (SRI) fuel. The engines also can utilize controllable pitch propellers which promote fuel efficiency as the propellers adjust to the optimum pitch for the load conditions and for the best utilization of the propulsion power.
The agreement between B&W Alpha Diesel and Inland Water Propulsion enables the Danish manufacturer to gain representation over the entire U.S. inland waterway system.