World’s first LNG containership retrofit sets out for trials

Hapag-Lloyd’s and the world’s first ultra-large containership LNG retrofit left China’s Huarun Dadong yard to begin sea trials on Monday.

In addition, the 15,000 TEU Sajir also sets out with a new name, Brussels Express.

LNG Prime understands that the trials should last about a week.

To remind, the vessel arrived at the Shanghai yard on August 31 last year for works including the installation of a GTT 6,500-cbm LNG fuel tank and the conversion of the main MAN engine and the auxiliary diesel engines to dual-fuel. This includes LNG and low-sulphur fuel oil as a backup.

The German firm tapped CSSC’s Hudong-Zhonghua, a shareholder in Huarun Dadong, for the conversion project back in 2019.

The world’s first large contairneship conversion to LNG power has a price tag of about $35 million.

Moreover, this pilot project will help Hapag-Lloyd to decide on future LNG conversions but also paves the way for other owners looking to slash emissions and comply with more stringent IMO rules.

Hapag-Lloyd inherited the LNG-ready Sajir, now Brussels Express, after its takeover of UASC back in 2017. Its 16 sister ships are also LNG-ready and fit for retrofitting.

The German firm plans the ships’ redeployment in the Asia-North Europe trade lane during the first quarter of this year.

Building LNG-powered fleet

Besides this conversion, Hapag-Lloyd recently revealed an order for six ultra-large LNG-powered container vessels at South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.

The order for the 23,500+ TEU vessels has a price tag of about $1 billion and Hapag-Lloyd said it already secured the financing.

Additionally, Daewoo will deliver the giant LNG-powered ships between April and December 2023.

Hapag-Lloyd will deploy these ships on the Europe-Far East routes as part of The Alliance, a shipping consortium consisting of the German liner, ONE, Yang Ming, and HMM.

With this order, Hapag-Lloyd joins its peer CMA CGM that already operates a fleet of ultra large LNG-powered container vessels.

- Advertisements -

Most Popular

South Korean yards built 500 LNG carriers for export in 30 years

South Korean yards have completed 500 liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers for export since 1994, according to the Ministry...

Report: Egypt’s EGAS charters Hoegh LNG’s FSRU

The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) has chartered Hoegh LNG's floating storage regasification and storage unit, Hoegh Galleon,...

MARAD: Delfin needs to submit amended application for FLNG project

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) said that Delfin LNG needs to file an amended application for its floating LNG...

More News Like This

Another LNG-powered containership joins CMA CGM’s fleet

French shipping giant CMA CGM, one of the world's largest backers of LNG as fuel for vessels, has welcomed...

Hapag-Lloyd’s containership wraps up largest bio-LNG bunkering op in Rotterdam

Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd has joined forces with Dutch LNG supplier Titan and trader STX to complete what they say is...

QatarEnergy picks shipowners for 18 giant LNG carriers

LNG giant QatarEnergy has selected shipowners to own and operate 18 Q-Max LNG carriers as part of its massive...

Hudong-Zhonghua launches two LNG carriers

Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua has on Sunday launched two liquefied natural gas carriers as it looks to deliver in total...