German shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd on Monday (22 August) said it has launched a comprehensive fleet upgrade programme for more than 150 of its ships to lower fuel consumption and CO² emissions.
The upgrade programme, which will take place within the next five years, was initiated with the loading of the first retrofit propeller in the Port of Hamburg.
The propeller, which has been optimised for energy efficiency by the German manufacturer MMG, will be installed on Hapag-Lloyd’s 7,500 TEU “Ningbo Express” in Dubai in September. As a result, the ship saves between 10% and 13% fuel and CO² emissions, depending on the sailing condition. In total, there are plans to equip at least 86 ships with the new and more efficient propellers.
At the same time, 36 vessels will receive a new, flow-optimised bulbous bow. During the scheduled dry dock stays, a resistance-reducing coat of anti-fouling paint will also be applied to all vessels on the part of the exterior hull beneath the waterline. Most of the measures will be carried out by 2025 and make a significant contribution to helping the company to achieve its climate targets.
“We aim to be climate-neutral by 2045. To reach this goal, we have set ourselves the interim target of reducing the CO2 intensity of our own ships by 30 per cent already by 2030. To do so, we are investing in new future-proof ships while simultaneously focusing on making our existing fleet fit for the future. The Fleet Upgrade Program will boost the energy efficiency of the entire fleet,” said Dr. Maximilian Rothkopf, COO of Hapag-Lloyd AG.
The investment volume of the fleet upgrade programme will be in the three-digit million range.
Together with the USD 2 billion order for 12 LNG ships placed two years ago, this large-scale measure Hapag-Lloyd investment in sustainable, competitive ship operations for the long term.
Photo credit: Hapag-Lloyd
Published: 23 August, 2022
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