WinGD has announced that it will supply 10X92DF-M methanol-fuelled engines to four 16,000 TEU containerships for COSCO SHIPPING Lines.
This order was celebrated at a signing ceremony with the parties involved on 23 March.
The vessels will be delivered from 2025 and will feature WinGD’s first X92DF-M engines in China, reported WinGD.
The methanol engines will be delivered from engine builder CSSC CMD in Shanghai, which is jointly developing the engines with WinGD.
The fourth vessel in the series will be the first to have methanol engines installed from the beginning.
The earlier three vessels will initially have methanol-ready X92-B engines installed and will be converted for methanol before entering service.
The X92DF-M engines will be based on the X92-B engine, which has long been deployed by leading containership owners including COSCO SHIPPING Lines, MSC and CMA CGM – according to WinGD.
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The reported reliability and efficiency of the X92-B is expected to translate directly to the X92DF-M, which will utilise the same high-pressure Diesel combustion cycle.
The order is also expected to advance WinGD’s timeline for developing conversion packages for methanol-fuelled engines.
WinGD reported that it will introduce a methanol package for the X92-B engine as soon as the fourth vessel in the series is delivered – opening the market for existing vessels with X92-B engines to be converted to use the carbon-neutral fuel.
“Utilising WinGD’s engine development capabilities jointly with partners serving the world’s biggest shipbuilding market allows us to better support shipowners, as demand for methanol-fuelled container vessels rapidly grows,” said Dominik Schneiter, Vice President R&D, WinGD.
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WinGD is additionally developing ammonia-fuelled engines as part of its commitment to help shipowners prepare for the availability of green fuels.
In line with WinGD’s announcement, in February HMM announced that it secured contracts for nine 9,000 TEU containerships powered by methanol dual-fuel engines, with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) and HJ Shipbuilding and Construction (HJSC).
In November 2021, WINGD and Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Engine Machinery Division (HHI-EMD) teamed up to develop an environmentally sustainable two-stroke engine technology.