Hapag-Lloyd to convert ULCS to LNG

HAMBURG: February 2019. Hapag-Lloyd is to retrofit the former United Arab Shipping company (UASC) 15,000 TEU containership ‘Sajir’ to operate using liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The Sajir, built in 2014, is one of 17 in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet originally designed to be LNG-ready. The company says the shipping industry could reduce CO2 emissions by 15 to 30 percent and sulphur dioxide and particulate matter by more than 90 percent using LNG.

The conversion will be carried out in the Shanghai-based shipyard Huarun Dadong Dockyard where the ship’s fuel system and existing heavy fuel oil-burning engine will be converted into a dual fuel engine with the ability to use low-sulphur fuel oil as a backup.

“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”, said 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.”