Hapag-Lloyd converts 15,000-TEU container ship to LNG propulsion

The Sajir is going to be the world’s first container ship of this size refitted to LNG propulsion

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,” declared Richard von Berlepsch, Hapag Lloyd’s managing director, Fleet Management. 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 German container line has placed the retrofit contract with Hudong Hondhoa Shipbuilding Group and the conversion will be undertaken at Huarun Dadong Dockyard in Shanghai. Work will involve conversion of the ship’s fuel system, new piping and fuel supply arrangements, and the installation of new bunker tanks for LNG storage.
A reduction in the ship’s CO2 emissions of 15% to 30% is expected.

Hapag-Lloyd is to retrofit the 15,000-TEU container vessel, Sajir, so that the ship will be able to burn either LNG or low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO). LNG will be used as the primary fuel but the ship’s MAN engine will also be able to operate using LSFO if necessary.

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