Hapag-Lloyd has signed an agreement with MAN Energy Solutions to convert its 15,000 TEU container vessel to dual-fuel operation, capable of running on both heavy fuel oil (HFO) and liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The Sajir currently operates with a MAN B&W 9S90ME-C engine and will be converted to a dual-fuel MAN B&W ME-GI (Gas Injection) engine.
The conversion will be carried out at the Chinese Hudong/HRDD shipyard in 2020 when the five-year vessel will spend 90 days in dock. The gas storage system approved by classification society DNV GL will occupy and area equivalent to 350 containers, including the pipework between storage and engine.
The vessel, which operates between Asia and northern Europe via the Suez Canal will be the first of this size to be retrofitted to LNG propulsion, ensuring compliance with the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap.
Richard von Berlepsch, managing director, Fleet Management, Hapag-Lloyd, stated: “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.”
Wayne Jones OBE, chief sales officer and member of the executive board, MAN Energy Solutions, commented: “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.”
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).”