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WinGD and Samsung Heavy Industries signed MoU on ammonia-fueled ship engines at Gastech 2023 in Singapore. Photo courtesy WinGD

WinGD and Samsung Heavy Industries signed MoU on ammonia-fueled ship engines at Gastech 2023 in Singapore. Photo courtesy WinGD

WinGD and Samsung Heavy Industries to Collaborate on Ammonia-Fueled Ship Engines

Mike Schuler
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September 5, 2023

Swiss marine power company WinGD and South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) have agreed to cooperate on future fuel vessel applications with ammonia-fueled engines.

Under a memorandum of understanding signed during the Gastech conference in Singapore, SHI signals its intent to install WinGD’s X-DF-A dual-fuel ammonia engines on newbuild vessels.

“Working with WinGD to prepare its ammonia engines for integration with newbuild projects in key vessel segments will ensure that SHI can offer customers the future fuel vessel solutions they need to meet their decarbonisation targets,” said Haeki Jang, CTO, Samsung Heavy Industries.

WinGD and Samsung will collaborate to integrate X-DF-A ammonia engines with ammonia fuel systems and auxiliary machinery for various vessel designs, including oil tankers, containerships and ammonia carriers, with the goal of launching in Q1 2025.

WinGD will begin validation of its ammonia-fuelled engine concept on test engines in Winterthur and Shanghai later this year, following combustion concept testing in 2021 and simulation and rig tests to understand emissions characteristics and injection requirements of ammonia fuel.

The X-DF-A engine from WinGD will use a high-pressure Diesel-cycle combustion process, with liquid ammonia fuel injection and a low portion of pilot fuel.

“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,” said Volkmar Galke, Director Sales at WinGD. “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.”

WinGD has been 100% owned by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) since 2016.

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