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Swiss marine power company WinGD and Belgian shipping and cleantech group CMB.TECH, have sealed a deal to install ammonia dual-fuelled engines, on a series of ten 210,000 deadweight bulk carriers, to be built at a Chinese shipyard in 2025 and 2026.

The two parties, bring the expertise to zero-carbon fuel technology, and collaborate on the development of ammonia-fuelled two-stroke engines. The aim is to install the ammonia dual-fuel X72DF engine, on a series of ten 210,000 deadweight bulk carriers, to be built at a Chinese shipyard.

Both partners believe that ammonia will play a significant role in the decarbonisation of the maritime industry, and this project is one of several projects WinGD is carrying out with shipowners and engine builders.

Under this joint development project, CMB.TECH will support WinGD in establishing its ammonia-fuelled engine concept for a large bore engine, as it has a significant insight into alternative fuels, and builds, designs, owns and operates large marine and industrial applications that run on hydrogen and ammonia.

CMB CEO Alexander Saverys said: “We believe that ammonia is the most promising zero-carbon fuel for deep sea vessels. Our intention is to have dual-fuel ammonia-diesel engines on our dry bulk vessels, container vessels and chemical tankers. Collaborating with WinGD on the development of the first ammonia-fuelled two-stroke engines for our fleet, is a pioneering partnership on the road to zero emissions in shipping.”