As the IMO 2020 sulfur cap nears, Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) reports a very strong first quarter order intake for its low pressure, dual fuel engines.
In addition to benefiting from an LNG carrier newbuilding spree, WinGD is seeing more owners look to dual fuel solutions in response to tighter environmental regulations and the 2020 sulfur cap.
The first quarter of 2019 closed out with orders for 32 new WinGD X-DF engines, taking the total now on order or delivered to more than 200.
In addition to LNG carriers, recent orders include engines for chemical and crude oil tankers, asphalt carriers and container feeders as more and more owners opt for LNG fueling.
“This doesn’t mean that there isn’t still a considerable amount of debate about what the future fuels will be, but it does give owners peace of mind that their vessels will be complaint, safe and reliable for many years to come,” says Rod Stiefel, VP Sales at WinGD. “LNG is the bridge which will get us closer to a carbon neutral future. Every day that passes more and more of the engines ordered for propelling deep sea vessels are choosing LNG as fuel. The reasons are compelling: lower emissions, less CO2 and offered at a very attractive price compared to 0.5% sulfur fuels.”