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Three Wes Amelie sister ships to undergo dual-fuel conversion

Wessels Reederei and MAN Diesel & Turbo sign letter of intent for conversion of boxships.



Wessels Reederei signed a letter of intent with MAN Diesel & Turbo MAN Diesel & Turbo for the conversion of three vessels to dual-fuel gas operation. Image credit: MAN Diesel & Turbo


Updated on 10 Nov 2017 14:40 GMT

German shipping company Wessels Reederei has signed a letter of intent with MAN Diesel & Turbo for the conversion of three vessels to dual-fuel gas operation.

The three ships are sisters to the Wes Amelie, a 1,036-TEU feeder container ship with an MAN 8L48/60B main engine that was retrofitted to a multi-fuel, four-stroke MAN 51/60DF unit earlier this year. The retrofit was the world's first dual-fuel boxship conversion.

Stefan Eefting, Senior Vice President, MAN Diesel & Turbo and Head of MAN PrimeServ Diesel in Augsburg, said: "The Wes Amelie project was really a pioneering moment in the European container-feeder market and shows clearly that existing MAN engines can be converted to LNG operation with a tremendous effect on exhaust emissions and the environment."

Indeed, MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that the dual-fuel conversion has enabled the Wes Amelie to significantly reduce its SOx emissions by more than 99 percent, NOx by approximately 90 percent, and CO2 by up to 20 percent. The vessel now meets both the Tier II and Tier III emission requirements set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The Wes Amelie has 23 sister ships, 16 of them structurally identical; this is expected to allow follow-up projects to be easily implemented, facilitating a so-called multiplier effect.

Eefting remarked: "One of the key reasons the Wes Amelie was selected for conversion was its multiplier effect, that is, its many sister ships that would facilitate follow-up projects at reduced costs owing to the experiences gained from the first project. I believe the signing of this letter of intent validates our approach and points a realistic way towards decarbonisation and a climate-neutral shipping industry by 2050."

With a current fleet of 37 ships, Wessels Reederei is one of the largest managers of coastal vessels globally. It has a fleet of some 28 coasters, four container and five multipurpose vessels.

Earlier this year, Bunker Index reported that MAN Diesel & Turbo pledged a EUR 2 million discount on 10 retrofits to convert existing heavy fuel oil (HFO) engines into gas-powered engines. The move was designed to help the world's fleet adopt the use of clean technology.






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