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WinGD, Wärtsilä, GTT to collaborate on LNG fuel use in maritime

A collaboration between three of the marine sector’s major technology companies is set to make the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel a truly viable option for ship owners and operators.

WinGD, Wärtsilä and GTT will combine their expertise and experience to deliver an effective, streamlined approach for achieving compliance with environmental legislation, leveraging on LNG fuel as a key enabler of ‘green’ propulsion for ships. With virtually no sulphur content, and producing 80% less nitrogen oxide (NOx) and 30% less CO2 emissions than conventional marine fuels. As well as being competitively priced, LNG is now more widely available and accessible, and is now a feasible green fuel option.

All three partners were involved in one of the key developments in the acceptance of LNG as a marine fuel when in 2017, with CMA CGM’s nine LNG-fuelled 22,000 teu mega-boxship order, the first vessels of this type and size to operate on LNG. After working together closely on this project, the partners are leveraging on their shared expertise in this industry-shaping collaboration.

“High efficiency and environmental sustainability are key pillars in building a successful future for shipping,” said WinGD Sales & Marketing vp Rolf Stiefel. “This is why it’s so important to work together, with other industry leaders, to make ship propulsion as efficient and ‘green’ as possible.”

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Wärtsilä Processing Solutions vp Timo Koponen added: “There is a wind of change blowing throughout the global marine industry. The conservative barriers that once resisted switching to a “new” fuel are falling down, and LNG is now being accepted as a fuel for all types of ships. Through collaboration with other industry leaders, we aim to speed this process.”

Meanwhile GTT chairman and ceo Philippe Berterottière said: “Operating on LNG fuel requires close integration between the engines, the fuel cargo tanks, and the fuel supply and control system. We are three companies having expertise in these fields, and by cooperating together we can optimise this integration process to the benefit of owners and operators around the world.”

No further details were disclosed.