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Hapag-Lloyd to convert containership to LNG propulsion

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Hapag-Lloyd has announced that it will become the first company in the world to convert a large containership to LNG propulsion.

According to the statement, the retrofit of the 15 000 TEU Sajir to LNG will pave the way for converting large ships to LNG. In future, the vessel’s engine system will be capable of operating on either LNG or low-sulfur fuel oil (LSFO). The contract for the retrofitting was signed last week with Hudong ZHONGHUA Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd. The conversion will be carried out in the Shanghai-based shipyard, Huarun Dadong Dockyard Co. Ltd.

Hapag-Lloyd claims that while the vessel is in the shipyard, it’s fuel system and existing heavy fuel oil (HFO) burning engine will be converted into a dual-fuel engine. According to the statement, the plan will be to operate the vessel on LNG, but also to be able to use LSFO as a backup if necessary.

Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director Fleet Management at Hapag-Lloyd, said: “By converting the Sajir, we will be the first shipping company in the world to retrofit a container ship of this size to LNG propulsion.

“By carrying out this unprecedented pilot, we hope to learn for the future and to pave the way for large ships to be retrofitted to use this alternative fuel.”

The Sajir is one of 17 vessels in the company’s fleet that were originally designed to be LNG-ready. Hapag-Lloyd claims that the remaining 16 vessels are also technically prepared for retrofit operations.

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