MAN contract for Wessels dual-fuel conversion
Wessels Reederei has signed a contract with Man Diesel & Turbo at the Europort exhibition for maritime technology.
The contract is to retrofit the 8L48/60B main engine of its 1,000 teu container ship Wes Amelie to dual-fuel operation. The vessel will be the first of its kind to be converted to an LNG-capable propulsion system.
Dr Thomas Spindler, head of upgrades and retrofits at MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “We are very excited about the signing of this contract and view its potential for broader adoption within the maritime sector as significant.”
With the Wes Amelie vessel running on LNG, emissions of sulphur oxide will be reduced by over 99%. It is also said that nitrogen oxide will be reduced by approximately 90% and Carbon dioxide by up to 20%.
“With each rebuild, we are creating an increasing demand for LNG as a clean fuel. Only in this way – and not only through appeals – can the development of an LNG infrastructure continue to gain momentum,” said Christian Hoepfner, general manager of Wessels Reederei.
The Wes Amelie feeder-vessel was launched in 2011 and operates in the North and Baltic Seas. The vessel has 23 sister ships of which 16 are structurally identical meaning that follow-up projects could be easily implemented.
The engine retrofit will commence in fourth quarter of 2016. Full operational usage of LNG as fuel is planned for early December, 2016.
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