The first LNG containership is German
Hapag-Lloyd will retrofit its 15,000 TEU ship Sajir in Shanghai as a dual fuel
Hapag Lloyd will be the first company in the world to convert a large containership to using liquified natural gas (LNG).
The German global carrier will retrofit its 15,000 TEU ship Sajir in China to make the engine system able to function using either of two types of fuel: LNG or low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO).
The contract for retrofitting was signed with Hudong Hondhoa Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd and the conversion will be carried out in Shanghai-based shipyard Huarun Dadong Dockyard Co., Ltd.
Using LNG in the shipping industry could potentially reduce CO2 emissions by 15 to 30% and sulphur dioxide and particulate matter by over 90%.
The Sajir, a former UASC vessel, is one of the 17 vessels in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet that were originally designed to be LNG-ready.