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BWSC originated as part of Denmark’s Burmeister & Wain Group and  became an independent company in 1980.

Burmeister & Wain Group was a large shipyard and leading diesel engine producer, with its earliest roots dating back to 1843.  The company grew to become one of the leading employers in Copenhagen for nearly a century.

Burmeister & Wain was founded by two Danes, Hans Heinrich Baumgarten and Carl Christian Burmeister. After Baumgarten retired in 1861, the Englishman William Wain joined in as co-owner with Burmeister in 1865.

In 1898, Rudolf Diesel granted Burmeister & Wain A/S exclusive Danish manufacturing rights for the innovative, revolutionary diesel engine, which he had introduced the year before.

In the ensuing years, the company’s diesel engines and licensed designs were used worldwide. 


Selected stationary diesel engine examples:

 

  • In 1933, the world’s largest 2-stroke diesel engine at the time was delivered by B&W to H.C. Ørsted Power Station
  • In 1952, B&W signed a contract with the Syrian government to deliver engines, pumps and electrical equipment for a water station in Aleppo
  • In 1977, the B&W Contractor division was established to increase the share of B&W stationary diesel engine plants. In the ensuing years, power plant projects in Saudi Arabia were dominant. 


The company’s engine plant and shipyard were separated into two independent companies in 1971.

The engine plant was sold in phases to the German MAN Group in 1979 and 1980. In 1980, the B&W Contractor division was incorporated as BWSC and sold to Götaverken AB in Sweden.

In 1990, Götaverken AB sold BWSC to Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (MES), Japan, via MESCO Denmark A/S. 


 


 


 

 
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