WinGD cooperating with KSS Line on the development of ammonia engines
26 September 2023 12:12
WinGD is supporting the South Korean shipping company KSS Line with its dual-fuel ammonia engines for medium-sized and very large gas tankers. The scope of the partnership also covers performance and maintenance solutions required for the use of alternative fuels, further details of which can be found in a press release issued by WinGD.
In this context, the partners will also examine how engine performance can be regulated for maximum fuel-efficiency through the use of WinGD’s Integrated Digital Expert (WiDE). In addition, the agreement will also see WinGD train crews so that they are familiar with the new engines. According to the information, WinGD reached an agreement back in June of this year to develop and support the implementation of a training curriculum for the Malaysian sea freight logistics company AET Tankers and the maritime academy Akademie Laut Malaysia.
“Ammonia as fuel is an interesting prospect for gas carrier vessels that already carry ammonia as cargo”, comments Volkmar Galke, Director Sales at WinGD, in the press release. “The combination of our rigorously tested new engine design, training support and real-time optimization via WiDE will mean that KSS Line can be confident that early experience with ammonia-fueled vessels will be translated into safe and reliable operation in the long-term”, he concludes.
WinGD is set to begin validation of its ammonia-fueled engine concept on single and multi-cylinder test engines in Winterthur and Shanghai before the end of the year. This follows on from the tests in connection with the combustion concept that were first launched in 2021, which aimed to improve understanding of the emissions characteristics and injection requirements of ammonia fuel. ce/mm