January 29, 2021. Since the first 12X92DF engine was built in 2019, WinGD has been confident in calling it the world’s most powerful dual-fuel engine. This claim has now been made official, as the engine series has been awarded the Guinness World Record for the most powerful Otto-cycle engine ever built.
In tests carried out at engine builder CSSC-MES Diesel Co (CSSC-CMD) and verified by Guinness World Records, for the official record title ‘Most powerful marine internal combustion engine (Otto cycle) commercially available’, the 2140 t engine demonstrated a power of 63.840 kW at a speed of 80 rpm. The super-sized engines fuelled from 18 600 m3 tanks, containing enough liquefied natural gas (LNG) to sail complete Asia to Europe round trip, will propel nine 23.000 TEU containerships operated by world leading French shipping and logistics company, CMA CGM.
These ships are the world’s biggest LNG-powered vessels. In November 2017, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, decided to make CMA CGM the first ship-owner to operate ultra-large containers using LNG. These ships are the result of seven years of research and development, and a concentration of technological innovations.
WinGD CEO Klaus Heim said: “The future uptake of LNG as a marine fuel is being driven by large merchant vessels with two-stroke engines, where the savings – and the environmental benefits – are the greatest. We are delighted with this achievement, which was made possible by CMA CGM’s strong vision and close cooperation with engine builder CSSC-CMD and Bureau Veritas. The 12X92DF is not just the biggest dual-fuel engine in our portfolio – it is now officially the most powerful of its type in the world.”