WinGD boosted by LNG confidence
Swiss engine manufacturer, WinGD, is reporting a strong order book for its low-pressure, dual-fuel two-stroke engines thanks in part to a newbuild order spree of LNG carriers.
The maritime industry’s response to the call for tighter environmental regulations combined with the 2020 sulphur cap is steadily driving the industry towards dual fuel solutions.
Recent orders confirm that confidence in LNG as a marine fuel is growing and now includes a broader range of vessel types. Now totalling over 200 X-DF engines on order or delivered, the low-pressure technology is proving a popular choice for shipowners keen to explore a more sustainable propulsion solution.
“This doesn’t mean that there isn’t still a considerable amount of debate about what the future fuels will be, but it does give owners peace of mind that their vessels will be complaint, safe and reliable for many years to come,” commented Rolf Stiefel, vice president of sales at WinGD.
“LNG is the bridge which will get us closer to a carbon neutral future. Every day that passes more and more of the engines ordered for propelling deep sea vessels are choosing LNG as fuel. The reasons are compelling: lower emissions, less CO2 and offered at a very attractive price compared to 0.5% sulphur fuels.”
The first quarter of 2019 closed with 32 new X-DF engines for WinGD, including an order from Greek shipping company Maran Gas Maritime, a member of the Angelicoussis Shipping Group. The deal was signed with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering and will see the vessel delivered in the first quarter of 2022.
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