Switzerland-based engine maker WinGD, a unit of China’s CSSC, has received orders from two LNG carrier operators for its engine monitoring, diagnostics, and remote support service.
Norwegian owner Knutsen has ordered WinGD Integrated Digital Expert (WiDE) for seven vessels, which include a recently delivered LNG carrier and six under construction, according to a statement by WinGD.
CoolCo, formed in 2021 with Eastern Pacific Shipping and Golar LNG as shareholders, will use the service on two existing vessels.
WinGD said the orders would deliver diagnostics to a total of 17 WinGD X-DF dual-fuel engines.
The firm did not provide the price tag of the contracts.
According to WinGD, WiDE uses advanced data sensors, analysis and modelling to compare engines’ in-service operation with their ideal reference performance for real-time conditions, identifying anomalies before they raise alarms and alerting crew to potential issues.
This enables crews to avoid or dramatically reduce the time taken for troubleshooting, while fleet managers can optimize maintenance programs based on detailed and up-to-date insight into component condition, it said.
WiDE currently monitors more than 200 vessels. All new WinGD engines feature the WiDE hardware as standard to enable the service, the firm said.