Hapag-Lloyd has announced plans to retrofit its 15,000 TEU containership to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The current fuel system and its existing heavy fuel oil (HFO) burning engine will be converted into a dual-fuel engine. The vessel, Sajir, once converted will be able to use either two types of fuel: LNG or low-sulphur fuel oil.
Sajir will operate using LNG most of the time but use low-sulphur fuel as a backup.
The conversion will make Hapag-Lloyd the first shipping company in the world to retrofit a containership of this size to LNG propulsion.
Richard von Berlepsch, managing director fleet management, Hapag-Lloyd, said: “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 contract for the retrofitting was signed with Hudong ZHONGHUA Shipbuilding Group. The conversion will be carried out in the Shanghai-based shipyard Huarun Dadong Dockyard.
The Sajir’s 16 sister ships are also technically prepared for retrofitting.