German containerline Hapag-Lloyd has announced plans to retrofit its 15,000 teu ship Sajir to operate using LNG. The engine system will be able to function using either LNG or low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO). Shanghai-based shipyard Huarun Dadong Dockyard will carry out the retrofit.
“By converting the Sajir, we will be the first shipping company in the world to retrofit a containership of this size to LNG propulsion”, said Richard von Berlepsch, managing director of fleet management at Hapag-Lloyd. “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.”