WESSELS TO CONVERT 1,000 TEU CONTAINERSHIP TO LNG.
German shipping management company Wessels Reederei GmbH, in collaboration with engine manufacturer MAN Diesel and Turbo and gas specialist TGW Marine Gas Engineering, have been investigating over two years the main engine conversion options for propulsion systems, determining the best option was to transition from heavy fuel oil to low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Now a government grant from the federal ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) will enable the retrofit to go ahead.
Wessels was honored by Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary BMVI with a seven-figure government grant for retrofitting their container ship "WES AMELIE" (1,000 TEU), making the ship the first of its kind worldwide to be converted to an LNG propulsion system.
Funding was provided through the Mobility and Fuel Strategy federal program which promotes the maritime use of LNGs as an environmentally friendly fuel.