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Hapag-Lloyd celebrates milestone in LNG conversion of its 15,000 TEU container vessel

30 Sep 2020

German shipping firm Hapag Lloyd on Tuesday (29 April) marked another milestone in the conversion of its 15,000 TEU Hapag-Lloyd ship when a liquified natural gas (LNG) tank weighing 1,300 metric tonnes was hoisted onto the Sajir by a floating crane last weekend.

Over the past three weeks, the ship’s hold had been prepared for the installation, and in the weeks ahead, the tank will be welded to the hold, it said.

While this is happening, the main engine and the auxiliary diesel engines will be converted to dual-fuel operation for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and low-sulphur fuel oil.

The company said the process of retrofitting the Sajir for LNG propulsion started on 2 September in the HuaRun DaDong Dockyard in Shanghai.

Hapag-Lloyd added it is the first shipping company in the world to convert a container ship of this size to LNG.

Plans call for the Sajir to complete its conversion phase and initial test voyages in early 2021 before being redeployed in the Asia-North Europe trade lane.

The conversion cost approximately USD 35 million, and is a key element of Hapag-Lloyd’s sustainability strategy, it said.

“With this unique pilot project, we hope to learn for the future and to pave the way for large ships to be retrofitted to use this promising alternative fuel,” said Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director Fleet at Hapag-Lloyd AG.

“However, our long-term goal continues to be CO2-neutral shipping operations using synthetic natural gas (SNG).”


Photo credit: Hapag-Lloyd AG
Published: 30 September, 2020

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