First containership retrofitted for LNG begins operations

What is claimed to be the world’s first container ship retrofitted with an LNG engine has undergone initial bunkering at the Kühlhauskai in the Port of Bremerhaven.

The Wes Amelie belonging to Wessels Reederei underwent the LNG bunkering operation conducted by Hamburg-based Nauticor after the 1,000 teu vessel had undergone an LNG engine conversion at the German Dry Docks in Bremerhaven.

The bunkering was conducted using four trucks of LNG delivered to the port and then transferred to the vessel. Sonja Neßhöver, director of LNG at Nauticor, dubbed the operation “a complete success” on account of the smooth cooperation between all parties involved. Wes Amelie, like her 15 sisterships, operates on feeder routes between the North Sea and Baltic Sea.

The conversion was supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, and will likely be extended to other ships in the fleet. Nautica, owned by The Linde Group, also carries out ship-to-ship LNG bunkering; the company says it will start operations with a second bunker vessel serving customers in Northwest Europe and the Baltic next year.

Posted 24 August 2017
Bob Jaques

Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review

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