Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has received a contract to supply two 5-cylinder X72DF (5X72DF) engines for each of a pair of 180 000 m3 LNG carriers ordered by SK Shipping Co. Ltd (SK). The shipbuilding contract was signed in May 2016.
The twin-skeg LNG carriers will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and the engines by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd / Engine & Machinery Division (HHI-EMD). The LNG carriers will be fitted with a GTT Mark III Flex membrane cargo containment system. They will also feature HHI’s Hi-SGAS system combining fuel system supply for the two 5X72DF engines with the Hi SGAS system that can re-liquefy 100% of the boil off gas (BOG) from the cargo.
The first LNG carrier’s engines will be supplied in February 2018 and the second will receive its engines in April 2018. Both LNG carriers are scheduled for delivery in 2019.
This is SK’s second series of 180 000 m3 LNG carriers to be fitted with WinGD’s X DF engines. In 2014, SK became the first shipowner to order the low speed, low pressure, dual-fuel engines for LNG carriers. Those vessels are being built by Samsung Heavy Industries and will be fitted with two 6 cylinder X62DF engines each.
Harry Cho, Vice President of SK Shipping, said: “These new LNG carriers will be the second series employing WinGD’s X-DF technology in our fleet. We find that the competitive capital cost, excellent performance, low maintenance and increased safety as well as highest environmental standards is a very attractive combination and essential for commercial success in the highly demanding sector we operate in.”
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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