Wes Amelie, a 1,036 teu containership, re-entered service this week for German shipping management company Wessels Reederei GmbH after being converted to Liquefied Natural Gas fuel. The conversion work was carried out at German Dry Docks in Bremerhaven. It is claimed that this is the first ship of its kind to be converted to use the environmentally friendly fuel.
The vessel’s first LNG bunkering was carried out by Hamburg-based Nauticor, a leading provider of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as marine fuel, in Bremerhaven. In total, four truck-loads of fuel were transferred to Wes Amelie.
The conversion was carried out in cooperation with the engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo and TGE Marine Engineering. The ship’s MAN 8L 48/60B four stroke engine was retrofitted to a 51/60 DF dual-fuel engine.
By upgrading the main engine to LNG operation, the ship now fulfils IMO emissions requirements for nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides. In addition, a significant reduction in particulate emissions and CO2 emissions is achieved. It will also meet the future stringent requirements of Tier III of the emission legislation by the IMO.
The LNG conversion reduces sulphur oxide emissions by more than 99%, nitrogen oxide emissions by approximately 90%, and carbon dioxide by up to 20%.
The vessel will be used in the feeder traffic between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, and through the use of LNG makes an important contribution to the reduction of pollutant emissions in this sensitive area. The conversion of the ship was promoted by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and is to be extended to further ships of the fleet.
Other than MAN Diesel & Turbo and TGE, collaborators in the project included the engineering firm SMB Naval Architects & Co, the classification society Bureau Veritas and the conversion shipyard German Dry Docks.Source: Wessels Reederei GmbH & Co. KG
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