WinGD and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding are collaborating on ammonia fueled vessels Ship’s crew

Swiss shipping company WinGD and Japanese shipbuilder Mitsubishi Shipbuilding have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner on ammonia-powered ships.

As part of the project, WinGD will apply its ammonia-fueled X-DF-A engines to a range of ship designs, with Mitsubishi both designing the ships and completing the fuel chain with its Ammonia Fuel Supply System (AFSS).

Green ammonia has emerged as a promising alternative fuel that can help the maritime industry reduce its carbon emissions.

“This collaboration will give both Mitsubishi and WinGD an important first-mover advantage in using ammonia in marine engines to meet IMO’s decarbonization goals.” will be applicable,” said Manabu Kawakado, Head of Marine Engineering Center at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding.

As part of the partnership, WinGD will develop X-DF-A engines of various sizes and Mitsubishi will provide the specifications for installing the engines and the requirements for all auxiliary fuel systems. Mitsubishi will design the ships, specify performance parameters for the engines and further develop its existing AFSS for use with WinGD’s ammonia engines.

This project will allow WinGD and Mitsubishi to make further progress in delivering ammonia fueled capacity to commercial vessels within our set timeline for future fuel development,” said Dominik Schneiter, Vice President of Research and Development at WinGD. “It’s a good opportunity to use X-DF-A engines in a wider range of bore sizes. Our goal is to develop the applicability of these engines and their critical fuel elements across multiple ship types while maintaining the highest standards for environmental impact and crew safety on board.”

The project will begin in the third quarter of 2023, with a timeline envisaged that would see the vessels in service by 2027.

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