MAN Diesel & Turbo concluded the Wes Amelie LNG conversion project in August presenting Wessels Reederei with a take-over certificate.
The project involved the retrofitting of the 1,036-TEU feeder container ship’s MAN 8L48/60B main engine to a multi-fuel, four-stroke MAN 51/60DF unit that enables dual-fuel operation.
MAN notes it is the first such conversion in the world.
Works were carried out at German Dry Docks in Bremerhaven in cooperation with gas-specialist, TGE Marine Engineering, who provided tank and LNG components. Bureau Veritas, the international classification society based in France, classed the conversion.
Wessels and MAN Diesel & Turbo originally signed the retrofit contract in November 2015. The Wes Amelie was constructed in 2011 and has already re-entered service on its usual route between the North and Baltic Seas.
Following the launching in August, Nauticor, formerly Bomin Linde LNG, conducted the vessel’s initial liquefied natural gas bunkering at the Kühlhauskai in the Port of Bremerhaven.
MAN Diesel & Turbo recently unveiled a video, offering insight into the retrofitting process.
LNG World News Staff