WinGD, Wärtsilä, and GTT collaborate on LNG development

WinGD, Wärtsilä, and GTT collaborate on LNG development
LNG fuelled tank design equipped with GTT’s membrane containment system. Photo credit: GTT/ Roland Mouron

WinGD, Wärtsilä, and GTT have announced a collaboration partnership to streamline the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.

LNG, which has virtually no sulphur content, produces 80 per cent less nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 30 per cent less CO2 emissions than conventional marine fuels, is growing as a marine fuel thanks to increasing infrastructure, making obtaining and bunkering LNG much easier than previously.

In 2017, CMA CGM ordered nine mega containerships to be built with LNG-fuelled engines and will be first of this type to operate with the fuel. WinGD, Wärtsilä, and GTT were involved with CMA CGM’s decision to power their ships using LNG.

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

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,” added Timo Koponen, vice president, processing solutions, Wärtsilä.

“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,” commented Philippe Berterottière, chairman and CEO of GTT.