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Hapag-Lloyd slashes its emissions by 50 percent, schedules boxship LNG conversion for Q4

Hapag-Lloyd slashes its emissions by 50 percent, schedules boxship LNG conversion for Q4
German container shipping major Hapag-Lloyd has cut its CO2 emissions per TEU kilometre by 50 percent when compared to the reference year of 2008, the company said.

The goal was achieved through economies of scale as the company introduced bigger and more efficient ships with improved water resistance on its routes.

The shipping industry has been under considerable pressure to reduce its carbon footprint, with regulatory authorities charting the way forward with ever stricter regulations.

January 2020 marked the beginning of an unprecedented transition of the shipping industry into a greener future with a regulation mandating the level of sulphur content in marine fuels is limited to 0.50 per cent.

In line with the international commitment to cut sulphur emissions and halve global CO2 emissions by 2050, Hapag-Lloyd has embarked on numerous projects including the exploration of a propulsion system based on liquified natural gas (LNG) as well as retrofitting its ships with onshore power connections.

The company plans to start converting a large container ship Sajir to operate using LNG propulsion system in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The Sajir is one of the 17 vessels in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet that were originally designed to be LNG-ready.

The contract for the retrofitting was signed with Hudong HONDHOA Shipbuilding and the conversion is scheduled to take place at the Shanghai-based shipyard Huarun Dadong Dockyard.

MAN Energy Solutions has been tasked with conversion of the vessel’s HFO-burning MAN B&W 9S90ME-C engine to a dual-fuel MAN B&W ME-GI (-Gas Injection).

The container shipping heavyweight is also looking into alternative fuel solutions, including biofuel based on used cooking oil.

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