Finland-based marine technology firm Wartsila is set to commercially introduce its Two-Stroke Future Fuels Conversion platform in Q1 2022, as efforts for decarbonisation in the shipping industry gather pace.

The firm has successfully conducted initial trials of the platform at its laboratory in Trieste, Italy.

MSC Shipmanagement has served as a partner in the piloting and development of the engine combustion technology platform.

This platform is projected to allow ‘fast and cost-effective’ modification of two-stroke main engines, enabling them to run on green future fuels.

Initially, the solution will retrofit engines to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) with insignificant methane slip.

Going forward, it will facilitate the use of alternative green fuels or fuel blends, following their commercial availability.

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In a statement, Wartsila said: “A world-first feature of the concept is the cryogenic fuel supply system, which together with a revolutionary injection system, provides flexible and optimised operational performance under all conditions.”

This conversion solution will fulfil future environmental regulations and help extend the operational life of assets.

The solution has been developed to target ships that run on two-stroke electronically controlled engines.

According to Wartsila, the Two-Stroke Future Fuels Conversion concept will go hand-in-hand with its Fuel Gas Supply System, extending the firm’s portfolio of fuel-flexible options.

By mid-2023, the primary commercial conversion project will be concluded.

The conversion concept is suitable for both larger and smaller bore engine categories.

Last week, Trasmed GLE SL selected Wartsila Exhaust Treatment for the installation of open-loop exhaust gas abatement technology on two of its roll-on/roll-off passenger ferries.