The 15,000 TEU Brussels Categorical is the primary massive containership on the earth to have been transformed to liquefied pure fuel (LNG) propulsion, German shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd stated on Monday, as operators look to LNG gas to cut back their environmental footprint.
In September 2020, the ship went into the Huarun Dadong Dockyard in Shanghai the place the conversion was carried out. MAN Vitality Options transformed the ship’s MAN B&W 9S90ME-C engine, which was beforehand operated with heavy gas oil (HFO), to a MAN 9S90ME-GI twin gas engine with fuel injection and able to working on each HFO and LNG.
“The truth that a retrofitting of this scale had by no means been completed earlier than meant that we confronted quite a few challenges, from the planning to the implementation,” stated Richard von Berlepsch, Hapag-Lloyd’s managing director for fleet administration.
A floating crane was used to hoist the 1,300-tonne LNG tank into the ship, and auxiliary diesel engines to pure fuel have been additionally transformed to pure fuel.
In a nod to the European Inexperienced Deal, the 2014-built ship was renamed from Sajir to Brussels Categorical. As well as, the phrase “Transport for a cleaner future!” adorns the breakwater on the forecastle.
“We have now damaged new floor with the conversion, and we are going to now be testing it very exactly in real-world operation,” von Berlepsch stated.
Presently working within the Far East 4 service between Asia and North Europe, the vessel will not be but working completely with LNG, as the ultimate assure works will likely be carried out on the finish of its present spherical voyage.
The primary full LNG bunkering is slated to happen in Singapore, and going ahead, the ship will bunker twice per spherical voyage: in Singapore and in Rotterdam.
The shipping sector is underneath stress to cut back carbon emissions and final yr adopted stricter guidelines on sulphur content material in marine gas.
Operators are turning to cleaner burning LNG gas for varied kinds of industrial vessels, from tugs to tankers. LNG emits 21% much less CO2 than gas oil and considerably much less particulate matter, in accordance with a 2019 Deloitte report on shipping fuels.
Whereas using LNG as gas for newbuild ships continues to achieve traction, the refit of current ships to LNG has been slower in creating, owed primarily to the design problem to suit new programs—significantly outsized gas tanks—on current hulls.
“Fossil LNG is at present essentially the most promising gas on the trail in direction of zero emissions. The medium-term aim is to have CO2-neutral shipping operations utilizing artificial pure fuel (SNG),” von Berlepsch stated.