World’s First Conversion of Container Ship to Dual-Fuel Operation

At the moment we are in the engine room of
the vessel Wes Amelie. It is a container ship and we are here on
board to convert the main engine from the existing 48/60 into the 51/60DF engine which
will then be able to run on gas. The main advantage of dual fuel is the flexibility
of still having the option of using conventional fuels but also using LNG which helps to support
reducing emissions, it is better for the environment and it also helps in the in-between time scenario
until lots of possibilities to bunker LNG are given to have the right flexibility. The biggest challenges we have mainly the
amount of space we have on board it is extremely limited it is a very small engine room, so
maneuvering parts in and out is extremely difficult. Also the amount of spare parts that we have
moving them to the ship, the logistics is extremely difficult. We are at the spare store at the yard where
we have about 160 boxes with all the components we need to retrofit the engine. We decided to convert our vessel Wes Amelie
because the environmental regulations become more strict and wider and since 2015
the MARPOL Annex VI is in force and in this regulation the sulphur content has been
brought to a very low line downwards and emissionsis a key at the moment and everybody is trying to reduce emissions and that is why we choose to stay in our area and being better than our competitors. The advantage is that we can maintain running
the ship in our home area. Our home area is the North Sea, the Baltic
sea and in these areas especially the environmental regulations are the hardest at this moment
so we can stick here trading with our partners and maintain our trading area. We started already three years together with
MAN and TGE where we investigated the possibility to convert the vessel. That went out quite positive and then we started
to structure the finance for this project, that took a while. But one year ago we were able and we were
ready to sign the contract and see as you can see here everything is in full swing. We were applying for support from the ministry
of transport and fortunately we were successful with our project presentation and obviously
this project fits perfectly into the strategy the ministry of transport was following regarding
LNG so that was a perfect match actually. The specific characteristic of bunkering LNG
is that LNG is liquid natural gas with a very low temperature of minus 160 degrees and because
of the not existing knowledge on the crew site as well as on the yard we have to support
them to ensure that they understand the safety procedures and the handlings well. We have to prove that Wes Amelie is working
on gas and we have to collect all these data within the next half year and prove this information
to the public and then of course we would like to convert her sister ships, maybe we
could help other ships being converted as well. On the long run there will be no alternative
to LNG. The emission control areas will be widened,
maybe Spain and France and also the Mediterranean will join the SECA zone and the limits
will become lower so there is really no alternative on LNG. The main advantages of LNG as fuel in the
marine sector is of course the environmental aspect. Specifically when you compare LNG with MGO
you can really recognize that the particle emission is zero compared to MGO the Sulphur
components is also close to zero and the NOx will be reduced to compared to MGO by 85%. It is at the moment on of the most environmental
fuels in the marine sector. We would recommend any future minded customer
to have some thoughts about this. The environmental legislation really makes
it necessary to think about the future of fuel on ships and it might a very good business
case for the future to secure already now operating fleets with what is coming towards

2 thoughts on “World’s First Conversion of Container Ship to Dual-Fuel Operation

  1. Does the two stroke not count? It was commissioned one month before the contract was made with Wes Amelie..

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