Winterthur/Seoul – Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) is further expanding its ammonia expertise: The company will provide the Korean shipping company KSS Line with ammonia-powered engines, corresponding training and its digital monitoring of engine performance for its gas tankers.
WinGD supports the South Korean shipping company KSS Line with its dual-fuel ammonia engines for medium-sized and very large gas tankers. According to a WinGD media release, the scope of the cooperation also extends to the services and maintenance required for the use of alternative fuels.
For example, the partners will also investigate how the use of WinGD’s integrated digital expert WiDE can be used to control engine performance in the most fuel-efficient way. In addition, WinGD will also train crews on the new engines as part of this agreement. WinGD reportedly already agreed in June to develop and support the implementation of a training curriculum for Malaysian maritime cargo logistics company AET Tankers and the Maritime Academy According to Malaysia.
“Ammonia as a fuel is an interesting prospect for gas tankers that already carry ammonia as a cargo,” WinGD sales manager Volkmar Galke is quoted as saying. “The combination of our rigorously tested new engine design, training support and real-time optimization via WiDE means that KSS Line can be confident that its initial experience with ammonia-powered vessels will translate into safe and reliable operations over the long term.”
WinGD will begin validating its ammonia engine concept on single-cylinder and multi-cylinder test engines in Winterthur and Shanghai later this year. This follows combustion concept testing that began in 2021 to understand ammonia fuel characteristics related to emissions and injection. ce/mm