Hapag-Lloyd is gearing up to retrofit its 15,000 TEU ship “Sajir” to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) after signing a contract with Hudong ZHONGHUA Shipbuilding (Group) Co., LTD in early February, a press release said. The engine system will function using either LNG or low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) in future. The conversion will be carried out in the Shanghai-based shipyard Huarun Dadong Dockyard Co., Ltd.
Alternative fuel for large ships
The ship’s fuel system and its existing heavy fuel oil-burning engine will be converted into a dual fuel engine. The vessel will be operated using LNG, but will also be able to use low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) as a backup. “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,” said Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director Fleet Management at Hapag-Lloyd. “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.”
Fewer CO2 emissions
The use of LNG in the shipping industry could potentially reduce CO2 emissions by 15 to 30 per cent and sulphur dioxide and particulate matter by more than 90 per cent, according to Hapag-Lloyd. The “Sajir” is one of 17 vessels in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet that were originally designed to be LNG-ready. Its 16 sister ships are also technically prepared for retrofitting.