Wärtsilä has donated an 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 engine and generating set to the Marine Engineering Technology Department at Texas A&M University at Galveston.
The donation comprises specialty tools and will provide students with valuable hands-on experience for expanding their knowledge of engine repairs, emissions and fuel economy. Wärtsilä will also offer engine training to the Texas A&M Galveston engineering professors through the Wärtsilä Land and Sea Academy based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
"Wärtsilä is a future oriented company. We not only develop technologies that move the industry forward, but are pleased to enhance the training of maritime specialists, naval architects, and marine engineers. We are proud to invest in the future of the US Maritime Industry by donating this engine to Texas A&M Galveston," commented Aaron Bresnahan, Managing Director, Wärtsilä North America, Inc.
"This is a valuable learning and research tool for our students. They learn the basics of the engine and how to do various repairs that they might need one day at sea. It's not a mock-up - it's a real 1.6 MW engine as can be found in tugs and ferry boats. It's just the kind of equipment our students will be working on once they graduate. It is an ideal tool for student education and for ongoing university research on marine power systems," said Ed Clancy, Professor of Marine Engineering and head of the Marine Engineering Technology Department at Texas A&M Galveston.
The Texas A&M Maritime Academy is one of six state maritime academies in the US.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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