WinGD introduces EEXI fix
By Jack Burke09 June 2022
Installation requires no engine downtime, company says
WinGD has launched a software-based Engine Power Limitation (EPL) system designed to enable rapid and cost-effective compliance with the IMO’s EEXI regulations, which enter into force next year.
The solution uses the engine control system to limit engine power to meet EEXI design efficiency baselines and includes a required emergency override capability. It is applicable to all WinGD, Wärtsilä and Sulzer X, X-DF, and RT-flex two-stroke engines operating with UNIC or WECS-9520 engine control systems.
Amid concerns over yard space as operators rush to install EEXI compliance solutions, WinGD said its EPL can be installed in a single port stay with no engine downtime. WinGD has established a global installation network of engine experts, and authorized agents to ensure vessels can secure EEXI compliance without disrupting their planned voyage schedule.
“Some EEXI solutions could involve high retrofitting costs or have a knock-on impact on operations or engine performance,” said Dr. Rudolf Holtbecker, WinGD operations director. “A software-based EPL from the engine designer is the most economical way to meet the new requirements while safeguarding reliability and minimizing disruption to the fleet.”
WinGD said the EPL offering complements the company’s solutions ecosystem of future fuel capability, hybrid power, and digital optimization to help ship owners and operators choose a flexible, practical, and cost-effective route towards decarbonization.
“This solution leverages our deep understanding of engine design and operating experience,” Holtbecker said. “It represents an important step in greenhouse gas emissions compliance for WinGD engine users, providing a compliant baseline engine output from which operational emissions can be further reduced in line with evolving regulations.”