Switzerland-based marine engine designer Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has taken part in the Shipdex programme, which aims to standardise and improve the production, use and exchange of technical data within the shipping industry.

The Shipdex scheme features a set of global business rules and has launched a new version of the S1000D specification for digital data exchange, which was originally used in the aerospace and defence industry and has now been adapted for the marine sector.

The new S1000D specification is designed to standardise the electronic dissemination of technical data to equipment manufacturers, shipyards and shipowners.

WinGD’s participation in the Shipdex programme will mean that all the company’s technical documentation will be made available to shipbuilders and operators in a digital form in a manner compliant with the Shipdex standards.

“We will now continue to apply the philosophy to all new engines and convert existing documentation for our complete engine portfolio.”

The company has already concluded its first project under the initiative, which saw its engines data made accessible to the global community in accordance with Shipdex regulations.

WinGD Operations director Rudolf Holtbecker said: “With important data such as our Operation Manuals, Maintenance Manuals and Spare Parts Catalogue, converted into Interactive Electronic Technical Publications (IETP), we can compile, structure and deliver the data to shipbuilders and engine end-users much more rapidly and effectively.

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“Our recently launched X52 diesel engine is our first new engine project in which we employed Shipdex standards for all technical documentation.

“We will now continue to apply the philosophy to all new engines and convert existing documentation for our complete engine portfolio, with an overall target of having the complete portfolio accessible by mid-2020.”

WinGD also aims to leverage the full potential of digitisation in the design, production and operation of its low-speed engines by adhering to Shipdex standards.