Maritime technology firms WinGD, Wärtsilä and GTT, have agreed to collaborate in making the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel a “truly viable option” for ship owners and operators, they say.
The firms plan to combine their expertise and experience to deliver an effective, streamlined approach for achieving compliance with environmental legislation.
The noted an advance in the acceptance of LNG as a marine fuel being recorded in 2017 with an order by CMA CGM for nine ‘mega’ containerships, each with a record capacity of 22,000 TEU, to be built with LNG fuelled engines – a first for vessels of this type and size to operate on LNG.
WinGD, Wärtsilä, and GTT cooperated closely in providing the required equipment for the vessels, and it was through this shared expertise that the collaboration was born.
“High efficiency and environmental sustainability are key pillars in building a successful future for shipping,” says Rolf Stiefel, Vice President Sales & Marketing, WinGD. “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,” says 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,” says Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT.
The collaboration is scheduled to go ‘live’ on Wednesday, September 5th, 15:00 at the upcoming SMM event in Hamburg, on Stand A5.207 where a joint press event, along with happy hour will be hosted by WinGD will take place.
Photo credit: GTT/ Roland Mouron
Published: 27 August, 2018
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