A Luncheon Cruise & Tour on the Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy


Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy

Bit of a low overhead alongside one of the 4 Sulzer 12Z AU40S medium speed, 10,620 BHP engines. Each engine drove it’s matching generator to provide electricity for the drive motors.

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3 Responses to USCGC-Healy-Sulzer-Engine-Gen-Set

  1. Bill Antonowicz says:

    Is the Sulzer American made? How about the generators and electric motors?

    • captnmike says:

      Sorry I don’t know, But I will check with some people and see if they know.

      Thanks for dropping by

    • captnmike says:

      A bit more info, but still more that a bit confusing

      Please tell your enquirer that the search is quite difficult. Immediately prior to Healy’s commissioning, Sulzer was Swiss (yes, Swiss) and soon afterward became Swiss-Finnish. But corporate home had little to do with site of manufacturing. E.g., photo of a Sulzer described as being made in Japan has Korean language signs on factory floor. Text elsewhere on internet has comments about engine assembly in Poland, India, and Italy. Nary a word about USA but I’ve yet to find precise data about the specific engine in the Healy, so, maybe final assembly was here or maybe there; can’t yet tell.

      Same complexity about generators and electric motors. Indeed, a current ad for Caterpillar marine generators absolutely skirts the mention of national site of construction. Shucks, the Boeing 777 airplane is claimed by Boeing to be American made, however, most parts, including entire wings, come from abroad. I recall a Bellevue city council discussion that preceded acquisition of police motorcycles: City wanted an American bike. Police chief researched the market and replied that Yamaha (a Japanese company) assembled its police bike in USA and that Harley Davidson (an American company) assembled its bike in Italy at the time of research. Which bike was American? Bellevue decided on basis of price, not company nationality or factory locale. So, I gots lots more explorin’ to do.


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