WinGD to provide methanol-fuelled engines for boxship newbuilds

WinGD will supply X‑DF‑M methanol-fuelled engines for a series of six, 9,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container vessels to be built at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in China.

The vessels will each be powered by an X82DF‑M engine built by HD Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Engine & Machinery Division (HHI-EMD), to be delivered in August 2025, the Swiss marine power company said in a statement today (20 November).

The new order, which includes options for further engines, expands WinGD’s methanol engine orders into the 82-bore size. As previously reported by, earlier this year, WinGD announced it will be supplying 10X92DF-M methanol-fuelled engines to four COSCO 16,000 TEU container vessels that will be built in Yangzhou.

‘This order confirms that our X‑DF‑M engines will be in service long before green methanol is widely available and before regulatory requirements come into force, giving operators time to build experience with the new fuel and engines,’ said Volkmar Galke, Director Sales, WinGD. ‘We are delighted that one of the biggest and most influential container lines has also invested in our X‑DF‑M technology, sending a strong signal to all operators currently making their own alternative fuel decisions.’

Both X‑DF‑M and ammonia-fuelled X‑DF‑A engines will be available for delivery from Q1 2025. The combustion principle and engine platform deployed for X‑DF‑M engines is based on the latest X‑Engines from WinGD, supplemented by high-pressure methanol injection. The engine manufacturer highlighted that the X‑DF‑M engines include ‘comparable performance with X‑Engines in both methanol and diesel modes,’ as well as ‘low pilot fuel requirements achieved through precisely controlled common rail injection, and NOx Tier III compliance in both modes with selective catalytic reduction.’ The company also confirmed that the new engine concept will be retrofittable to the X‑Engine series as soon as X‑DF‑M engines are available in the relevant bore sizes.

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Rhys Berry