04 October 2017

First LNG Container Ship Goes into Service in Europe  

Time Lapse Video Reveals Conversion Process

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Shipping News Feature DENMARK – THE NETHERLANDS – BALTIC STATES – POLAND – Container feeder operation Unifeeder says it has used the first vessel of its kind worldwide that has been converted to an LNG propulsion system. The conversion, undertaken for the ship's owners, Wessels Reederei GmbH can be viewed in a time lapse video made by the German company which illustrates clearly the type and extent of engineering work necessary. The 1,036 TEU vessel can be considered a prototype as she has 16 structurally identical sister ships, all suitable for similar adaptation.

The Wes Amelie is one of 35 vessels operated by Unifeeder together carrying around two million twenty foot equivalent containers each year. The 13,200 dwt ship will trade between Rotterdam, the Baltic states and Poland and Niels Kjaer-Richardt, Shortsea Director of the Danish group says the new generation vessel fits with the company’s policy to achieve minimal environmental impact.

The retrofitted LNG conversion reduces sulphur oxide emissions by more than 99%, nitrogen oxide emissions by approximately 90%, and carbon dioxide by up to 20% and means the ship conforms to IMO emissions requirements for nitrogen oxides and sulphur oxides whilst drastically cutting particulate and CO2 output.

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