On August 23rd, Wessels Reederei re-launched the 2011-built 1,000 TEU of capacity Wes Amelie, whose engine was converted to run on Liquefied Natural Gas.
The LNG conversion, completed by the German Dry Docks in Bremerhaven, was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, and will likely be extended to other ships in the fleet (Wessels Reederei operates 15 Wes Amelie's sister ships).
The ship's initial bunkering was carried out by the Hamburg-based Nauticor at the Kühlhauskai Quay in the Port of Bremerhaven. In total, four trucks were brought to fill Wes Amelie with LNG.
"Due to the smooth cooperation between the ship’s crew, the bremenports team, and our experienced specialists, the initial bunkering was a complete success," Sonja Neßhöver, Director of the LNG Portfolio, Nauticor, said.
Christian P. Hoepfner, Authorized Representative of Wessels Reederei, added, "We are glad that the first transfer of LNG in Bremerhaven has been completed so smoothly. Our thanks go to the Harbor Security Office Bremerhaven, the Port Authorities of the Hanseatic City of Bremen, and the LNG supplier Nauticor, who have supported us actively in this project."
"With the conversion of Wes Amelie, Wessels Reederei has become a pioneer in establishing LNG as fuel for container ships. We are happy to support that effort and are looking forward to future cooperation, taking into consideration that our second LNG bunker vessel will start operations in Northwest Europe next year with a focus on customers in the North and Baltic Seas," Mahinde Abeynaike, Managing Director, Nauticor, summed up.