Wärtsilä, WinGD and GTT, three of the maritime sector’s major technology companies, will collaborate to increase the viability of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for ship owners and operators.
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies, while WinGD and GTT engineer systems to both store and convert LNG fuel into power.
LNG fuel produces 80% less nitrogen oxide and 30% less carbon dioxide than conventional marine fuels, as well as having minimal sulphur content.
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Following an order from CMA CGM in 2017 to build nine 22,000 TEU container ships powered by LNG, Wärtsilä, WinGD and GTT have worked together to provide the necessary equipment for these vessels.
Timo Koponen, Vice President of Processing Solutions at Wärtsilä, commented: “There is a wind of change blowing throughout the global marine industry.
“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.”
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Rolf Stiefel, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at 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.”
Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, stated: “Operating on LNG fuel requires close integration between the engines, the fuel cargo tanks, and the fuel supply and control system.
“We are three companies having expertise in these fields, and by cooperating together we can optimise this integration process to the benefit of owners and operators around the world.”