Hapag-Lloyd’s converted containership Brussels Express has recently completed its first LNG bunkering operation in the Dutch port of Rotterdam as part of the vessel’s maiden voyage from China.
SHANGHAI : During the bunkering operation held last week, the world’s first containership LNG retrofit received liquefied natural gas from Shell’s 6,500-cbm Cardissa in the Caland Canal in the port of Rotterdam.
The 15,000 TEU Brussels Express, previously known as Sajir, arrived in Rotterdam from China,
Hapag-Lloyd put back the vessel in service on its Europe-Far East trade on April 1.
The vessel now features a GTT 6,700-cbm LNG fuel tank and MAN dual-fuel propulsion. It will primarily sail on LNG with low-sulphur fuel oil as a backup.
“The vessel sailed on both LNG and during adjustment and repairs on regular low-sulphur fuel oil,” a Hapag-Lloyd spokeswoman told LNG Prime in emailed comments on Tuesday.
Commenting on the bunkering operation in Rotterdam, the spokeswoman said it was “rather a trial.”
“First commercial LNG bunkering will be on its second round voyage in Singapore,” she said.
Total costs for the containership conversion to LNG power reached about $35 million, according to Hapag-Lloyd.
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.
Besides this conversion, Hapag-Lloyd revealed in December
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 ships has a price tag of about $1 billion.
Source : LNG Prime