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HAPAG-LLOYD TO RETROFIT MEGA-BOXSHIP FOR LNG FUEL

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 

Hapag-Lloyd has signed a contract with MAN Energy Solutions for the conversion of a 15,000 TEU container vessel to dual-fuel operation.

The container vessel MV Sajir normally serves a route from Asia to northern Europe via the Suez canal. The pilot project will entail the conversion of an existing, HFO-burning MAN B&W 9S90ME-C engine to a dual-fuel ME-GI (-Gas Injection) prime mover capable of running on HFO and LNG. The retrofit will be done at the Chinese Hudong/HRDD shipyard.

Wayne Jones– Chief Sales Officer and Member of the Executive Board, MAN Energy Solutions – said: “We are seeing great interest in this project from the industry as a whole. This is an excellent showcase for the conversion of a mega-container vessel to LNG and the potential benefits for the market is huge. With this announcement, MAN Energy Solutions is once again at the forefront of technology with our ability to execute LNG conversions for both four-stroke and two-stroke engines.”

MAN says that emission savings for its two-stroke engines are significant when converting an existing HFO engine to LNG. Using LNG in the shipping industry could reduce CO2 emissions by 15% to 20% and sulphur dioxide and particulate matter by more than 90%.

“By converting the Sajir, we will be the first shipping company to retrofit a container ship of this size to LNG propulsion”, said Richard von Berlepsch, MD Fleet Management at Hapag-Lloyd. “With 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 Hapag-Lloyd pilot project is scheduled to take place in 2020 when the five-year old vessel will spend 90 days in dock.The DNV-GL approved gas-storage system will occupy an area equivalent to 350 containers, including the pipework between storage and engine.

Jones added: “MAN Energy Solutions’ strategy is to provide complete, fully integrated solutions. Accordingly, MAN Cryo will install an entire gas system to supply gas to the main, as well as to the auxiliary engines, including a MAN Energy Solutions 300 bar high pressure Pump Vaporiser System (PVU).”

MAN Energy Solutions took over fuel-gas specialist company Cryo AB in 2015 and fully integrated it into its business. Under the brand MAN Cryo, the company offers systems for the storage, distribution and handling of liquefied gases.

In respect to four-stroke, Jones is referring to the 2017 conversion of Wessels Reederei’s Wes Amelie, a 1,036 TEU container ship that was originally fitted with an MAN 8L48/60B diesel engine. Upon conversion to a dual-fuel MAN 51/60DF unit, the Wes Amelie reported significantly changed emissions. The vessel now meets both IMO Tier II and Tier III emission requirements.

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