Jun 9, 2022 | Marine propulsion & machinery news

Swiss marine power company WinGD has launched a software-based Engine Power Limitation (EPL) system to enable rapid and cost-effective compliance with the IMO’s EEXI regulations, which enter into force in 2023.

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’s EPL can be installed in a single port stay with no engine downtime. WinGD has established a strong global installation network of engine experts and authorised agents to ensure vessels can secure EEXI compliance without disrupting their planned voyage schedule.

Dr Rudolf Holtbecker, WinGD Operations Director, said: “Some EEXI solutions could involve high retrofitting costs or have a knock-on impact on operations or engine performance. A software-based EPL from the engine designer is the most economical way to meet the new requirements while safeguarding reliability and minimising disruption to the fleet.”

The EPL offering complements WinGD’s solutions ecosystem of future fuel capability, hybrid power, and digital optimisation to help ship owners and operators choose the most flexible, practical, and cost-effective route towards decarbonisation.

Holtbecker said: “This solution leverages our deep understanding of engine design and operating experience. 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.”

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