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WinGD advances MENA maritime sector with new technology

The company aims to create new opportunities to utilise digital technologies for better ship operations. (Image source: WinGD)

Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), a Chinese-owned and Switzerland-based engine manufacturer, has adopted low-pressure gas technology for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, aiming to develop sustainable technology for tracking future emission regulations

This is in line with the company?s ambitious plan to reinforce the importance of LNG as a fuel for the future and provide efficient services while reducing costs and improving performance.

Ibrahim Behairy, managing director at WinGD for MENA region, commented, ?Keeping track of future emissions regulations in the region, it is imperative that alternate fuel resources be found and utilised. In order to keep relevant and vital, most of our R&D efforts are focused on finding climate-friendly solutions, while catering to ship designs and operator requirements.?

Reinforcing a future of smart shipping

In keeping with ever-changing emission legislations, WinGD practices low-pressure gas admissions, manufacturing revolutionary low-pressure, dual-fuel X-DF engines, Generation X engines and RT-flex diesel engines, which have caused a breakthrough in the marine market. The original engine manufacturer (OEM) supports a multitude of vessel types including tankers, container vessels, bulk carriers, cargo vessels and gas carriers, demonstrating a standard to set new market trends by providing built-in flexibility that allows shipyards and ship-owners the ability to adapt engine performance and specifically meet their operational requirements.

?Smart shipping is not an isolated process. It is actually a combination of innovative thinking, technologies and processes amalgamated together with the human element. It is primarily about driving innovation and creating greater value for customers,? Behairy emphasised.

WinGD has a strong presence in the MENA region. Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company (AMPTC) purchased six Swiss Max Oil Tanker Engines in late 2016. WinGD and Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) also came to an agreement for the transfer of three VLPG vessels in 2017. In 2017, WinGD partnered with Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines Group (IRISL) for four Panamax Containers and six Medium Range Tankers.