WinGD, a Swiss marine power company, and South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) will cooperate on future fuel vessel applications with ammonia-fuelled engines.
More specifically, the memorandum of understanding, signed during the Gastech conference in Singapore this week, indicates a strong intention on the part of SHI to install WinGD’s X-DF-A dual-fuel ammonia engines on forthcoming newbuild vessels.
The project is in line with WinGD’s previously announced timeframe of bringing X-DF-A ammonia engines into service from the first quarter of 2025.
Additionally, the cooperation will include preparing X-DF-A for integration with wider ammonia fuel systems and auxiliary machinery across a range of vessel designs, including oil tankers, container ships and ammonia carriers.
The Swiss company is due to begin validation of its ammonia-fuelled engine concept on single and multi-cylinder test engines, in Winterthur and Shanghai, later this year.
Volkmar Galke, director sales at WinGD, commented, “This collaboration offers WinGD the opportunity to participate in the future fuel preparations of one of the world’s biggest and most respected builders of high-quality vessels.”
He added, “The aim is to prepare engine and vessel designs as well as fuel system integration specifications that will lead to X-DF-A engines being deployed on a wide range of SHI-built, ammonia-fuelled vessels.”