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Old August 14th, 2009, 02:32 PM
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I just watched a cable show called World's Toughest Fixes and it showed them putting a new engine in Radiance OTS. But, the new engine was a diesel and I know the original was a gas turbine. Anyone know if RCCL actually did switch engine types? And why? Just wondering.

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I saw the same program, but am not sure why the change was made.

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This engine is used in port to run the utilities, cheaper than running the main engines. We were on the Jewel when this engine was installed.
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This engine is used in port to run the utilities, cheaper than running the main engines. We were on the Jewel when this engine was installed.
OK, now we know.

Thanks for the info.

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Hmmm, well I have to ask......did you hear that from RCCL or some other reliable source? I only ask because the original gas turbines (Caleed LM 2500+, by GE, a marine version of the engines used on many commercial jets such as the DC-10) are supposed to me far more economical and environmentally friendly than the diesel engines they replaced. And I'd find it hard to believe they would replace one engine only. Especially since it seems that that giant diesel electric they installed would be way too much to use just for in-port use, and a mismatch for at-sea use with the other engine being the gas turbine. Doesn't add up, unless.......they were having some type of huge maintainability issues with the turbines that they haven't admitted to. But then again, the turbines are also far more reliable than the diesels....well usually, anyway. I also ask because I operate turbine engines everyday at work and they seem to be far superior to anything else. A mystery to be sure.
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Hey Royalchump.....I see you were correct. I was wondering where you got the info so I could do a little more research on this but in the meantime, I was given info that explained it pretty clearly. I am surpriseed that such a huge diesel engine would be cheaper and more cost effective to run in port but it appears to be the case. The turbine is much smaller and lighter weight. I saw quotes from various RCCL people saying that the big one is cheaper to use in port. I wonder though that maybe it's not cheaper in overall fuel cost but more so in per hour maintenance costs than the turbine. I can see where maintainability may be higher on the turbine if it is running all the time. Anyway, I was surprised to be sure.
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