The announcement was made as part of plans to aggressively participating in the eco-friendly ship technology development to reduce the green-house gas emission of existing fuel ships by more than 70% by 2030 as the government plans. The government said it will localize and advanced key LNG/electrical/hybrid materials and technologies and also apply low carbon technologies such as mixed fuels and aggressively support eco-friendly ship technology development leading to the era of carbon free ships such as hydrogen or ammonia in the final stage.
There is another reason for this move by STX Engine. Recently, there is some news about large domestic shipbuilder winning the bid with a big size, but small and medium domestic shipyard and material suppliers such as STX Engine are still facing with tough times. Especially, STX Engine is in deep trouble due to the bad records of shipbuilding business for the past 10 years in the marine/stationary engine business. To overcome this crisis, STX Engine must aggressively invest in new projects and challenge against new things and make sure it wins orders from the government project for ships.
Already since 2010, STX Engine has supplied diesel engines to about 40 units of fishery guidance ships with the size of 700 to 1950 tons and thus successfully accumulated technologies and experiences and its stable quality and customer oriented service has been greatly loved by customers. As a result, last year, it was selected as the maintenance company for 8 units of hybrid fishery guidance ships with 900 and 1950 tons to signify the start of eco-friendly ship switching plans by the fishery management service.
Also, if STX Engine’s product is applied to the 3900 ton LNG fishery guidance for which equipments are to be selected in this June, we can expect a smooth transition from diesel to LNG and from LNG to hydrogen and ammonia as far as domestic government ships are considered.
The engine proposed by STX Engine for the 3900 ton fisher guidance ship is a 6L35/44DF Common Rail engine and the most important thing in ship design, ability to support stable operation in low load areas without performance degradations stands out and it has been already applied to various projects such as EU’s BW GAS LNG power generator projects, Canada’s SEASPAN Ferries and so on. As a result, we can expect that the dual fuel engine to be first applied to the domestic fishery guidance ships in addition to the technical excellence of the common rail.
STX has now acquired a 3900 ton LNG fishery guidance ship project and thus expects to produce and localize L35/44DF engines on its own to contribute to the government’s plan for switching to eco-friendly ships and also help the shipbuilding and material companies in Busan, Gyeongnam and dwindling regional economy.