Hapag-Lloyd and Seaspan enter into Methanol retrofit agreement with MAN-ES

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Seaspan Corporation entered into an agreement with MAN Energy Solutions to retrofit 15 of its vessels with dual-fuel engines capable of running on methanol. The conversion commitment agreement, signed in collaboration with liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, involves retrofitting the engines of Seaspan and Hapag-Lloyd fleets with dual-fuel ME-LGIM engines that can operate on green methanol. Each retrofit can lead to a reduction of 50,000 to 70,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

MAN Energy Solutions has developed the ME-LGIM engine, which enables carbon-neutral propulsion for large merchant-marine vessels when running on methanol. Over 100 ME-LGIM engines are either on order or in service and Methanol carriers have already been using this engine technology at sea for several years.

Inclination towards methanol fuelling continues to accelerate. The latest figures from DNV’s Alternative Fuels Insight (AFI) platform, showed that the 55 vessels with alternative fuel propulsion ordered in June included 26 for LNG fuelled vessels and 29 for methanol powered vessels (including retrofits).

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