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Thursday, April 29, 2021 

WinGD has completed a successful Type Approval Test (TAT) for the X82DF-1.0, the first of which, a seven-cylinder version, will power a pioneering VLCC with LNG fuel, extending the WinGDs X-DF technology into even more vessel segments.

With future-fuel flexibility, the company says its low-pressure X-DF engines are continuing to be chosen for new vessel segments as the benefits of LNG as fuel become the clear choice for shipowners wishing to invest in sustainability and fuel efficiency.

The TAT test took place in April at engine builder CSE-QMD in Qingdao, China, with local teams from WinGD and CSE on hand to support. China Classification Society (CCS) participated on site as the leading class with Bureau Veritas and DNV witnessing locally along with lead surveyors joining remotely.  WinGD’s Classification and Standards Team organised and supported the TAT remotely from the WiDE Customer Support Centre at their headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland.

The X82DF-1.0 rounds out WinGD’s portfolio of low-pressure, dual fuel engines which cover the full engine bore range of 40-92 cm. This is the first X-DF engine to be built by CSE-QMD, growing WinGD’s green-technology collaborations within the CSSC family of companies.

Featuring the new WiCE (WinGD Integrated Control Electronics) and iGPR (integrated Gas Pressure Regulator) the engine displayed full potential and promises to provide performance, reliability and sustainability. 

WinGD’s VP R&D, Dominik Schneiter, said: “I was present for the overhaul inspection and could have a look at the components first-hand.  It was all very positive, the engine showed excellent piston running behaviour, the new iGPR design was successfully applied and class approved. The performance of the engine met all expectations.”

This new addition to the low-pressure, dual-fuel engine portfolio offers more propulsion options within the VLCC, VLOC and Panamax container vessel segments. Combining both liquid and gas fuel capabilities, the X82DF-1.0 is available in 6-cylinder to 9-cylinder configurations and covers a power range from 16,560kW to 49,500kW at 58 to 84rpm.

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