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The carrier has contracted the Shanghai-based Huarun Dadong Dockyard to convert Sajir, one of the company's 17 vessels that were originally designed to be LNG-ready.
The ship's fuel system and its existing heavy fuel oil-burning engine will be converted into a dual-fuel one. The plan will be to operate the vessel using liquefied natural gas, but also to use low-sulphur fuel oil if needed.
According to Hapag-Lloyd, the conversion will make it possible for Sajir to emit 15%-30% less CO2."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. 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," Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director Fleet Management, Hapag-Lloyd, commented.