WinGD supplies methanol engines for container ships of the COSCO SHIPPING Lines

WinGD will supply 10X92DF-M methanol fueled engines to four 16,000 TEU container ships built for COSCO SHIPPING Lines at COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry (Yangzhou) Co. Ltd. be built. These ships will be delivered from 2025 and will be equipped with WinGD’s first X92DF-M engines in China. This landmark order was celebrated on March 23 at a signing ceremony with collaborating partners from COSCO and CSSC at CMD.

The methanol engines are supplied by the engine builder CSSC CMD in Shanghai, which develops the engines together with WinGD. The fourth ship in the series will be the first to have methanol engines installed from the start. On the earlier ships, methanol-capable X92-B engines will initially be installed and converted to methanol before commissioning.

These ships will be among the first methanol-powered container ships to be built in China and represent a significant investment in China’s green transformation strategy.

The X92DF-M engines are based on the widely used X92-B engine, which has long been used by leading container ship owners such as COSCO SHIPPING Lines, MSC and CMA CGM. The reliability and efficiency of the X92-B will carry over directly to the X92DF-M, which uses the same high-pressure diesel combustion cycle.

The order allows WinGD to advance its schedule to develop conversion packages for methanol fueled engines. WinGD will introduce a methanol package for the X92-B engine once the fourth ship in the series is delivered – opening up the market for existing ships with X92-B engines to be converted to the carbon-neutral fuel.

“By sharing WinGD’s engine development capabilities with partners serving the world’s largest shipbuilding market, we can better support shipowners as demand for methanol-powered container ships grows rapidly,” said Dominik Schneiter, Vice President R&D, WinGD. “The order from COSCO SHIPPING Lines is an ideal step that helps us to strengthen our expertise in both new builds and rebuilds of methanol engines based on our proven X92-B platform, which has proven to be a very reliable and efficient engine has proven.

In parallel, WinGD is developing ammonia fuel engines as part of its commitment to helping shipowners prepare for the availability of green fuels.

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