WinGD will supply dual-fuel engines to power CMA CGM's LNG-powered newbuilds. Image Credit: WinGD
Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd (WinGD) says it will supply dual-fuel low-speed engines to power CMA CGM S.A.'s (CMA CGM's) recently announced liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered container ships.
"Given the low NOx emissions of dual-fuel engines using lean burn combustion and the extremely low sulfur content of natural gas, by choosing our X-DF engines and LNG, CMA CGM is automatically complying with all existing and future emissions regulations," said Volkmar Galke, General Manager of Sales at WinGD.
The 12-cylinder X92DF engines will be rated 63,840 kW at 80 rpm, which WinGD says makes them the most powerful gas and dual-fuel engines ever built.
As Ship & Bunker has reported, the engines will power a series of nine "mega" container ships at a record capacity of 22,000 TEU.
The vessels... are designed to have the potential to sail those voyages running completely on LNG
The vessels are slated to enter service in 2020 on Asia - Europe routes, and are designed to have the potential to sail those voyages running completely on LNG.
"With this move to LNG energy, CMA CGM is moving ahead for a greener shipping. We selected WinGD engines for the main propulsion on the grounds of their experience in dual-fuel engines and our positive feedback on the two-stroke Generation X engines," said Ludovic Gérard, Vice President of Owned Fleet of CMA CGM.
Last week, Bureau Veritas (BV) announced that it will be responsible for the classification of CMA CGM new LNG-powered container ships, while Gaztransport et Technigaz SA (GTT) announced that it will design cryogenic tanks for the newbuilds.