Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The World's Biggest Diesel Engine

I have been working on merchant vessels of 10,000 tons, 11,000 tons general cargo ship and 40,000 ton Bulk carrier. The first German ship was installed with a MAN diesel, the third one is the famous Sulzer, the ship was launched in Shimonoseki Shipyard of Kita Kyushu. I have been amazed to see the team of engineer managed to repair one of the defective pistons at mid of Pacific Ocean for two days. The Diameter of the piston is approx. 30”. It is huge! The ship burned 20 tons of fuel at economy speed of 11 Knots at about 100 rpm. If you speed it up further for additional 3 more knots, it might use up more 10 tons of oil at RPM 112…

The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine could be a world another wonder. Designed to provide the motive force for a variety of supertankers and container ships, it comes with 6 cylinder in-line through to a whopping 14 cylinder version. The cylinder bore is 38 inches and the stroke is just over 98 inches. Each cylinder displaces 1820 litres and produces 7780 horsepower. Total displacement comes out to 25,480 litres for the 14-cylinder version.

At a length of 89 feet and a height of 44 feet, the total engine weight is 2300 tons - the crankshaft alone weighs 300 tons.

The RTA96C-14 can achieve a maximum power output of 108,920 hp at 102 rpm and astonishingly, at maximum economy the engine exceeds 50% thermal efficiency. That means, more than 50% of the energy in the fuel is converted to motion. Its Brake Specific Fuel Consumption (BSFC) at maximum power is 0.278 lbs/hp/hr.

The RTA96C-14 turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine is produced by Swiss company Wartsila-Sulzer and is the largest and most powerful diesel engine in the world today.

Fuel consumption at maximum economy is 0.260 lbs/hp/hour. Comparatively, most automotive and small aircraft engines can only achieve BSFC figures in the 0.40-0.60 lbs/hp/hr range and 25-30% thermal efficiency range.

The design and development of the RTA96C was close collaboration with the companies involved in the early stages of the first commercial project: the owner and operator P&O Nedlloyd BV, the ship designer and builder Ishikawa Jima Harima Heavy Industries Co Ltd (IHI), and the engine builder Diesel United Ltd.

The project began in March 1997 when the first engine, an 11-cylinder unit, was started on the test bed of Diesel United Ltd, Aioi.

Since then a total of 86 RT96C engines with eight, nine, ten, 11 and 12 cylinders in-line are in service or on order, 25 of these currently in service.

German MAN Diesel (formerly MAN B&W Diesel) is another provider of large-bore diesel engines for marine propulsion systems and power plant applications and turbochargers.

HK Snob

Monday, October 25, 2010

A thought of Cuff Link, Rolex and a House Purchase in Hong Kong

This is an untouched Set of Hic Kok Tiger Eye Tie Clip and Cuff Link set (Made in USA) we bought in 1976 at Tsim Sha Tsui Wing On Department store. We paid for HKD$25.00 only, however, at that time, one bowl of Wan Ton Noodles was selling at HKD$0.3 in Kowloon City.
A bottle of Pepsi was selling at HKD$0.20.
A street side barber shop for a crew cut was HKD$0.70. A bowl of Yeung Chun Noodles (mean pure noodles without any other meat or vegetables was selling at HKD$0.60 in Kwun Tong Yue Man Fong!
A Rolex Two tone men's Date Just was Selling at HKD$1,896.00. By converting into Today Current value, a Rolex Two Tone Men's Date Just is HKD60,000.
I estimate this Set of Cuff link is approximately selling at HKD$3000.00 nowadays.
By Conversion on the hair cut nowadays, I used to go for HKD$140.00 a cut, so the rate of appreciation for hair cut is 200 times.
A Hamburger is about HKD$14.2/1.2=12 times.
Rolex Appreciation is HKD$60,000/1,896=31 times
A bottle of Pepsi is HKD$8.00/0.2=40 times
A bowl of Wanton Noodles is HKD$14.0/0.3=46 times
A cocktail bun is now HKD$5.2/0.075 = 69 times (in 1976, we can buy two cocktail bun at HKD$0.15!)
Cuff Link sets is HKD$3,000/25=120 times
A Flat of 700 square foot in an average location is approximately HKD$20,000 in that year. So by now it is HKD$6,000,000/20,000= 300 times.
The Conclusion is that the real estate is still the best guarantee for you money back after certain years…It is still wise for you to buy a flat in Hong Kong, after all, if you still have some money, you should buy a pair of good cuff links or a Rolex Watch. Worth your thought!?

PS. According to the government official, the real estate orice will rise for 10%-15% in 2011. Is that so!? What is the government doing for helping those people like us that would never afford to buy a house!!?

HK Snob

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The best 20 Restaurants in Asia

Miele Guide announces 20 best Restaurant in 2010-2011.

Last year Champion L’atelier de Joel Robuchon is replaced by Singaporean Iggy’s this year.

1. Iggy’s -Singapore

2. L’atelier de Joel Robuchon- Hong Kong

3. Robuchon a Galera- Macao

4. Jann par Andre Singapore

5. Antonio’s- Philippines

6. Zuma- Hong Kong

7. Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar- Tokyo

8. L’atelier de Joel Robuchon-Tokyo

9. Caprice-Hong Kong

10. Les Amis-Singapore

11. Yung Kee- Hong Kong

12. Gunther’s Modern French Cuisine-Singapore

13. Bukhara- Delhi India

14. Tippling Club-Singapore

15. Nobu-Hong Kong

16. Dum Phkht-Mumbai India

17. Ku De Ta-Bali Indonesia

18. Bo innovation-Hong Kong

19. Beijing Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant-Beijing.

And not only can Hong Kong lay claim to having the best restaurant in Asia this year, Hong Kong can also proudly say that, with five of the Top 20 restaurants in their territory—L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Yung Kee, Nobu, Caprice, etc—they are also home to some of the best restaurants in Asia.

Honesty, I have been some of the restaurant, I am not pleased on the food at all , but this is only my experience only, As far as my concern about the restaurant. Food has to be good, the waiters and captain have to be friends., and price should also be reasonable… Anyway, Congratulation to Hong Kong as 6 out of the 20 is in Hong Kong… Sad to hear that there is only one in China, In fact there are a lot of good restaurant in China which is QUALIFIED as very good restaurant. Just might be due to the promotions and the converge of the food critics, they might select the restaurants in the big cities… to those who is not able to be selected as the best restaurant, do not give up…. HK Snob likes you.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Largest Buddha in Thailand

The World largest stone carved Buddha is in Le Shan China, The world Largest Seated Buddha is in Po Lin Temple, Hong Kong. And I think the most Magnificent Buddha and largest Buddha is in Thailand; the seated Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin statue located at Wat Muang in Ang Thong Province, some two hours north of Bangkok and it about one hour north of Ayutthaya. Ang Thong is one of the "Central Provinces" of Thailand. Ang Thong means "golden basin" in Thai which is a reference to geographical layout of the region and the golden colour of the rice grown across this fertile land field.

You can take Asian highway from Bangkok to the Wat Muang which houses the biggest Buddha in Thailand. Wish all the people in Thailand and the visitor a peaceful heart. Probably this is the most magnificent Buddha in the world!

HK Snob

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The People of Hong Kong are the most arrogant in the World!?

Ramon Tulfo article On Target in The Inquirer of Philippines on 20 September described "The People of Hong Kong are the most arrogant in the World!"

He mentioned that the stewards are impolite, Ramon visited Hong Kong some years ago on Kowloon asked the Policeman the way how to get to his designated restaurant.The policemen yelled to him and asked him to “Go away”. He added, Hong Kong people does not treat tourist politely, he had never received any welcome smile, he had another bad experience that he went to an optical shop. And the shop keepers asked him do not ask the price if he had no intension to buy.

Being a Hong Kong people, I feel that to certain extent, What Ramon describe does exist in Hong Kong.. and Those Waiters, Salesman, are generally not too polite.. especially those can not manage English well, does not mean that they are not intend to act politely, but they can not express in such a way to let you feel he is Polite.

Yes, I have seen some of the shop keeper said Word like “FXXX” to the customers. But this is the minority. And usually that Limited to those Shop in Tsim Sha Tsui which sells Electronics goods, you can notify that these shops are usually have this common points:

1. Good Location along Nathan Road.

2. A lot of Flashing neon Light, LED signboard with those Famous Brands at the entrance: Sony Samsung, LG, Nokia, Apple...etc

3. No Uniforms for the staff

4. There are abnormally Many salesman in a shop, over 6 in a comparable small shop.

5. They don't look like “ friendy”

6. They do not have the HKTA Recommended Shop sign display at the entrance.

Well you should know what the shop looks like and I do advise you not to go in..

You should consider shops Like Broadway, Fortress, Chung Yuen, etc...

HK Snob