Wessels Reederei informed that it has received a government grant for retrofitting its containership “Wes Amelie” (1,000 TEU) to run on liquefied natural gas.
The company partnered up with MAN Diesel & Turbo and TGW Marine Gas Engineering to investigate the main engine conversion options for the propulsion system from heavy fuel oil to low-emission liquefied natural gas, Wessels Reederei said in a statement.
The Wes Amelie is a feeder vessel that was launched in 2011 and operates in the North and Baltic Seas.
The vessel has 23 sister ships, 16 of them structurally identical, which allows follow-up projects to be easily implemented, the company said.
Wessels Reederei added that due to the long delivery time of LNG tanks the rebuilding will commence in Q4 2016.
Full operational usage of LNG as fuel is planned for early December 2016.
LNG World News Staff; Image: Wessels Reederei