WinGD aims to deliver the first ammonia-powered marine engine in 2025 Ship’s crew

The Swiss shipping company WinGD aims to deliver its first dual-fuel ammonia engines in early 2025, paving the way for the first ammonia-powered ships to be commissioned from 2026.

The confirmation follows successful testing at WinGD research facilities in December 2022, as well as “concrete orders” and “rapid progress” in the development of an engine concept that can efficiently and safely use zero-carbon fuel.

WinGD has partnered with AET Tankers and sister company Akademi Laut Malaysia to develop crew training for ammonia engines. In January, the company announced a partnership with CMB.Tech, a sister company of Belgian shipowner CMB, to develop ammonia-fuelled engines for ten 210,000 DWT bulk carriers.

WinGD has worked with engine and ship builders in China, Japan and Korea to develop its Dual Fuel Ammonia Engine (X-DF-A). The company has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding to prepare the engine for use on various ship sizes and integrate it with the ammonia fuel supply system. Safety aspects regarding installation and ammonia supply were tested on single and multi-cylinder engines.

“For the industry to be truly ready for alternative fuels, the engine concepts that use them — as well as the ship designs, auxiliary systems, crew training and field support network — must be ready before the fuels become widely available,” said Dominik, CEO of WinGD Cutter. “Our development timeline, as evidenced by these research and collaboration milestones, demonstrates that we are on track to provide ship owners and operators with the time they need to prepare for decarbonized ammonia-fuelled ship power.”

WinGD’s announcement comes a week after competitor MAN Energy Solutions announced the successful first test of a two-stroke marine engine using ammonia fuel, marking a major milestone in the development of a full ammonia marine engine. MAN ES aims to have its first ammonia engine in service on a merchant ship by 2026.

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