Market share for dual-fuel propulsion technology from engine designers MAN Energy Solutions and WinGD for the LNG carrier fleet will more than double by 2023
Together, diesel-cycle, high-pressure MAN B&W ME-GI and WinGD Otto-cycle, low-pressure engine technology account for 12% of the current LNG carrier fleet’s propulsion technology. However, an influx of LNG carrier newbuilds with ME-GI and X-DF engines over the next three years will increase the market share for those engines to 27%, according to Poten & Partners.
With the rise in dual-fuel applications, both engine types have found success in other market sectors, such as container ships, tankers and dry bulk carriers. One of the suppliers that has benefited from the increase of X-DF propulsion applications is French technology firm Cryostar. It recently reported manufacturing its 100th six-stage boil-off gas (BOG) CM-6 compressor. The unit was fabricated for the Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua. Cryostar conducted mechanical integrity and performance tests at its test facility at Hésingue, France.
With an overall footprint of 6 m long, 3 m wide, and 2.5 m tall, the compact compressor is an essential component for BOG treatment on board LNG carriers.
Noting the milestone, Cryostar BU LNG TT director Roger Dambach said ‘’We have successfully delivered 100 six-stage compressors in the last four years. These integrally geared compressors, the result of Cryostar’s expertise and capacity for innovation, have made the company a solid leader on the X-DF propulsion market through its unique offering for this technology.’’
Added Cryostar president Samuel Zouaghi, ‘’Beyond our technological prowess, our success is also proof that our shared values of integrity, respect, and a passion for excellence are embraced by our Cryostar employees each day. They are the foundations upon which our client-oriented culture has been built.”
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