WinGD engines to power PIL’s LNG-fueled containerships

Singapore’s Pacific International Lines has chosen WinGD engines to power the four ammonia-ready LNG-powered containerships it recently ordered at China’s Yangzijiang Shipbuilding.

Switzerland-based Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) said in a statement the four 8,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel vessels would feature the first 82-cm bore WinGD engines to use the engine designer’s X-DF2.0 technology.

The order follows a similar contract for four X92DF2.0 engines for a series of 14,000 TEU vessels earlier in the year.

“The 92-cm bore versions are already well established in the ultra-large container ship sector, and the debut reference for X82DF2.0 bridges a gap between smaller bore engines already ordered for applications in other merchant sectors,” according to WinGD.

Using intelligent control by exhaust recirculation (iCER), X-DF2.0 engines offer “improved” combustion control.

As well as allowing for optimal fuel consumption and minimal pilot fuel injection across the full engine load, this brings several emissions advantages, WinGD says.

Operators can achieve Tier III NOx compliance in diesel or gas mode, a crucial factor as port requirements and NOx Emission Control Areas spread globally.

X-DF2.0 engines also offer “greatly reduced” methane slip and overall emissions and fuel reductions – cutting overall greenhouse gas emission by 8 percent in gas mode and 6 percent in diesel mode, it said.

Including this contract, WinGD now has 80 X-DF2.0 engines on order.

PIL will take delivery of the four new ships progressively in 2025.

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