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WinGD, CMB.TECH in four-way deal for first ammonia engines to be built in China

CSSC Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding and CSSC Engine Co were the other signatories in the joint undertaking to power a series of 210,000 DWT bulk carriers to be delivered from Qingdao through 2025 and 2026.

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WinGD, CMB.TECH sign four-way deal to develop ammonia-fuelled marine engines for bulkers

Swiss marine power company WinGD on Tuesday (5 December) said it has concluded a four-party agreement underwriting Belgian bulk carrier operator CMB.TECH’s order of X72DF-A ammonia-fuelled engines. 

CSSC Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding (QBS) and engine builder CSSC Engine Co (CSE) were the other signatories in the joint undertaking to power a series of 210,000 DWT bulk carriers to be delivered from Qingdao through 2025 and 2026.

Following confirmation of the engine order, the agreement advances the project between WinGD and CMB.TECH announced in January to develop the 72-bore ammonia-engine. The close cooperation and shared responsibility reflected in the agreement highlights the groundbreaking nature of the order: the vessels will be the first ammonia-fuelled bulk carriers to be built; the WinGD engine designs will be the first of their size for ammonia; and they will be the first ammonia engines built in China.

CMB.TECH CEO, Alexander Saverys, said: “CMB.TECH sees green ammonia as one of the big solutions to decarbonise long-distance shipping and this order brings to fruition our active commitment to develop this pathway. The gathering of expertise under this agreement will ensure that our first ammonia-fuelled vessels are built and powered in a safe and sustainable way, as well as helping to decarbonise our business and our customers’ logistics.”

WinGD CEO, Dominik Schneiter, said: “Having progressed the engine design and vessel integration concept rapidly with CMB.TECH over the past nine months, enlisting the mutual cooperation of the shipyard and engine builder is a critical next step. As well as safeguarding the successful entry into operation of these innovative engines, this collaboration will also accelerate the spread of ammonia capabilities across key stakeholder groups, placing the whole industry on surer footing as it explores a vital decarbonisation pathway.”

QBS Executive VP, Gu Kechao, said: “CMB.TECH’s decision to have its first ammonia-fuelled vessels built by CSSC Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding underscores the company’s faith in the quality and value of our work. It also highlights growing acknowledgement of the wider Chinese capability in complex shipbuilding projects. Building among the first ammonia-fuelled vessels in the world will place QBS in a strong position to support further customers with their maritime decarbonisation projects.”

CSE Chief Engineer, Zhang Guangwei, said: “Bringing a new engine design into commercial operation is always the result of strong joint effort between engine and vessel designer, engine builder, shipyard and owner. CSE is honoured to be the first engine builder in China to deliver ammonia-fuelled engines to the maritime market, and to take an early role in what will become a significant market as ammonia fuel is used more widely in shipping.”

WinGD’s X-DF-A engines operate using high-pressure fuel injection with a small portion of pilot fuel, and will have performance and fuel efficiency comparable to the company’s diesel-fuelled X-Engines. No aftertreatment is required for N2O emissions, while selective catalytic reduction is used to ensure Tier III NOx compliance in both ammonia and diesel modes.

Safe operation and maintenance of ammonia-fuelled engines and vessels has been a key undertaking of the project to date. The hazard identification (HAZID) studies, followed by an Approval in Principle from Lloyd's Register of the X-DF-A engine concept were pivotal to WinGD and CMB.TECH verifying that ammonia-fuelled engines built, commissioned and operated to the approved design have equivalent safety to conventionally fuelled engines.

Related: WinGD and CMB.TECH to jointly develop large ammonia-fuelled marine engine

Photo credit: WinGD
Published: 5 December, 2023

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CSSC Chengxi, CSSC Power Group ink contract for methanol dual-fuel engine

Duo signed an agreement for a methanol dual-fuel main engine contract to be supplied for an 85,000DWT bulk carrier in Shanghai.

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CSSC Chengxi Shipyard Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, and CSSC Power (Group) Co., Ltd. on Sunday (4 February) signed an agreement for a methanol dual-fuel marine engine for an 85,000DWT bulk carrier in Shanghai.

According to the contract, CSSC Power Group will provide the methanol engine to CSSC Chengxi Shipyard. Both parties agreed they will carry out a close collaboration on the engine design of low-carbon and zero-carbon green ships.

CSSC Power Group will be actively involved in CSSC Chengxi’s ship development and design optimisation, while providing system solutions, to enhance the competitiveness of ship types.

Both parties agreed to cooperate and further contribute to the strategic goal of China State Shipbuilding Corporation to become a world-class shipping group. 

Disclaimer: The above article published by Manifold Times was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. While considerable efforts have been taken to verify its accuracy through a professional translator and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty is made regarding the accuracy, completeness and reliability of any information.

 

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Published: 6 February, 2024

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NYK breaks ground to start construction of bio bunker fuel testing facility

Firm will install a test engine facility to evaluate the safety of biofuels and accelerate their practical application as bunker fuels; engine installed will be a reused generator from the tugboat “Sakigake”.

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NYK breaks ground to start construction of bio bunker fuel testing facility

Japanese shipping firm NYK on Tuesday (30 January) held a ceremony on January 29 to break ground at a site in Chiba Prefecture where the company will install a test engine facility to evaluate the safety of biofuels and accelerate their practical application as bunker fuels. 

NYK will complete the installation of the test engine in June and analyse the biofuel in combustion tests over the next three years. 

“The test engine will be a reused generator from the tugboat Sakigake, which is currently being converted to an ammonia-fuelled tug,” it said in a statement. 

NYK breaks ground to start construction of bio bunker fuel testing facility

NYK Group companies Boltech Co., Ltd. and Nippon Yuka Kogyo Co., Ltd. will also participate in this project by utilising their engine-operation and fuel-oil-analysis technologies to verify the potential of various biofuels.

Biofuels are produced from various raw materials, including grains and waste cooking oil, but only a few are currently being commercialised. More types of biofuels are expected to be commercialised in the future as demand for biofuels increases. 

However, about a year of testing and analysis at an external engine facility, followed by 12 to 18 months of onboard trials, is needed before continuous shipboard use of new bunker fuels. 

“NYK expects to shorten the test period and the time until the new fuel can be used on board by owning and operating the test engine,” it added.

NYK breaks ground to start construction of bio bunker fuel testing facility

Manifold Times previously reported it will be conducting full-scale trials of long-term use of biofuel bunkers starting in fiscal 2024.

NYK at the time said it will use biofuel continuously for three months on multiple vessel types through the trial. After that, NYK will gradually extend biofuel use for a longer period for further validation.

Related: NYK to replace LNG bunker fuel system of tugboat “Sakigake” with ammonia-based solution
Related: Japan: NYK to conduct full-scale bio bunker fuel trials for long term use in 2024

 

Photo credit: NYK
Published: 31 January, 2024

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Methanol

ABC Engines to supply methanol hybrid engines for Jan De Nul cable-laying vessel

ABC will supply four 7,200 kW engines and one 1,800 kW engine, capable of running on biodiesel, HVO and methanol bunker fuels for Jan De Nul Group’s newest cable-laying vessel “Fleeming Jenkin”.

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ABC Engines to supply methanol marine engines for Jan De Nul cable-laying vessel

Jan De Nul Group and ABC Engines on Friday (26 January) announced their partnership for hybrid marine medium-speed engines that can run on biodiesel, HVO and methanol bunker fuels.

ABC will supply four 7,200 kW engines and one 1,800 kW engine for Jan De Nul Group's newest cable-laying vessel, Fleeming Jenkin

By switching to sustainable fuels in combination with the unique ULEv technology, this new cable-laying vessel will bring about a significant reduction of harmful emissions such as CO2, SOx, HC, particulate matter and NOx. By doing so, it meets the strictest standards in terms of NOx emissions onshore (Euro 6) and in terms of particulate matter emissions offshore (Stage V).

These innovative engines will ensure propulsion of the newest Jan De Nul Group's cable-laying vessel, Fleeming Jenkin. Using green methanol, the engines are also climate neutral and due to the unique combination with the ULEv technology they also meet the strict Stage V standard for particulate matter and Euro 6 standard for nitrogen.

Jan De Nul Group and ABC Engines are accelerating towards a more sustainable shipping industry with the development of these engines. Both companies take on a pioneering role to significantly reduce harmful emissions in the shipping industry and to contribute to a substantial positive impact on the climate and the health of man, fauna and flora.

An important step Jan De Nul Group is taking in making its fleet more sustainable, is switching to renewable fuels, such as methanol. Notwithstanding significantly reduced emissions of harmful greenhouse gasses, methanol also offers the advantage of being already available in more than one hundred ports around the world. In order to further shape the internal sustainability strategy and to fully align with the renewable world economy, Jan De Nul Group enters into this partnership with ABC Engines, which leads the way in the field of marine engines running on alternative fuels, such as the promising methanol.

Jan Van de Velde, Director Newbuilding at Jan De Nul Group, said: “The choice for ABC is based on a positive collaboration and shared vision of a sustainable future. Our cooperation results in high-quality engines that run on renewable fuel and are adapted to our vessels and needs of our customers. We prepare our fleet for the future, achieve a milestone within our sustainability goals and above all offer a positive contribution to the climate and health of man and animal."

Tim Berckmoes, CEO at ABC Engines, said: “Jan De Nul and ABC are two family-owned companies that always focus on the long term and use innovative technologies to realise the energy transition both locally and internationally. Thanks to the long-standing trust of our customers, we can continue to innovate, produce and invest in Flanders. This enables us to expand our export activities and further develop our manufacturing industry."

 

Photo credit: Jan De Nul
Published: 30 January, 2024

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