Gas-fuelled ships partnership unveiled

Integrating tanks with engines and fuel gas supply systems is critical to building efficient LNG-fuelled ships (credit: GTT/ Roland Mouron) Integrating tanks with engines and fuel gas supply systems is critical to building efficient LNG-fuelled ships (credit: GTT/ Roland Mouron)

Two-stroke engine developer WinGD, marine technology provider Wärtsilä and membrane containment company GTT have announced a partnership to optimise the integration of engines, fuel gas systems and storage on gas-fuelled ships.

The cooperation emerged after the three companies cooperated to supply equipment for nine LNG-fuelled ultra-large container ships ordered by CMA CGM last year. Under the project, the companies want to make the use of LNG a “truly viable option for ship owners and operators”, they said in a joint statement.

“Operating on LNG fuel requires close integration between the engines, the fuel cargo tanks and the fuel supply and control system. By cooperating we can optimise this integration process to the benefit of owners and operators around the world,” said Philippe Berterottière, chairman and CEO, GTT.

The companies believe LNG to be a key enabler of environmentally sustainable propulsion for ships, due to its emissions profile, its competitive pricing and the fact that it is becoming more widely available and accessible.

“There is a wind of change blowing throughout the global marine industry,” saidTimo Koponen, vice president, processing solutions, Wärtsilä. “The conservative barriers that once resisted switching to a “new” fuel are falling down, and LNG is now being accepted as a fuel for all types of ships. Through collaboration with other industry leaders, we aim to speed this process.”

Rolf Stiefel, vice president sales & marketing, WinGD, added: “High efficiency and environmental sustainability are key pillars in building a successful future for shipping. This is why it’s so important to work together, with other industry leaders, to make ship propulsion as efficient and ‘green’ as possible.”

The companies plan to discuss how the collaboration will accelerate progress towards sustainable shipping at SMM next month.

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