• 2017 September 21 10:08

    MAN Diesel & Turbo concludes dual-fuel ‘Wes Amelie’ LNG conversion project

    At a recent event at the Hamburg offices of MAN Diesel & Turbo, Dr Uwe Lauber – CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo – presented Gerd Wessels, Managing Owner of Wessels Reederei with a take-over certificate marking the formal conclusion of the ‘Wes Amelie’ LNG conversion project, the company said in its press release.

    Gerd Wessels said: “This pioneering project marks a milestone in the European container feeder market, and MAN has impressively proven that existing engines can be converted to LNG operation with a tremendous effect on exhaust emissions and the environment.”

    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 – the first such conversion of its type the world has ever seen.

    Christian Hoepfner, General Manager of Wessels Reederei, said: “The ‘Wes Amelie’ operates in the highly regulated Nordic and Baltic Seas. Since they are both within Emission Control Areas, the ship needs to meet the highest environmental standards and strictest limits for emissions. By converting to a low emission fuel, we are safeguarding the future of this container ship as well as our own competitiveness in the market.”

    “By providing customers with the technology to retrofit their existing fleet, we are driving what we call the maritime energy transition”, adds Dr Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo. “There are roughly 40,000 cargo vessels in operation worldwide. If we are serious about decarbonisation and want the shipping industry to be climate neutral by 2050, we need to take action today.”

    The dual-fuel conversion has enabled the ‘Wes Amelie’ to significantly reduce its SOx emissions by >99%, NOx by approximately 90%, and CO2 by up to 20%. The vessel now meets both the Tier II and Tier III emission requirements set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

    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 at the Europort exhibition for maritime technology 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.
     
    When selecting a suitable vessel for conversion, special attention was paid to the scalability of the engineering services as well as the development costs, reducing significantly the costs for follow-up projects. In this respect, the ‘Wes Amelie’ has 23 sister ships, 16 of them structurally identical, which would allow follow-up projects to be easily implemented. This ship therefore facilitates a multiplier effect, with multiple, other, ‘conversion-capable’ vessels also found around the European continent.
     
    About Wessels Reederei
    With a current fleet of 37 ships, Wessels Reederei is one of the largest managers of coastal vessels. It has a fleet of some 28 coasters, four container and five multipurpose vessels and is based in Haren/Ems, Germany.




2017 December 13

13:35 Transneft’s subsidiary updates ISO certification
13:30 Maersk Line announces new FAK rates from Far East to North Europe
13:06 Aker Solutions wins modifications contract from Maersk Drilling
12:23 Nobel Bros Shipyard begins drydocking of Shestaya Pyatiletka-class MS Olenegorsk
11:11 Work continues to combat illicit maritime activity
10:52 Bunker prices go up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:28 Brent Crude futures price up 0.9% to $63.91, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.58% to $57.47
10:10 Transneft Baltic completed implementation of Sever project’s Phase 3
09:44 Russian Railways: Loading of Russia’s export cargo bound for domestic ports up 6.3% Y-o-Y to 266.8 mln t in 11M’17
09:26 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,743 points
08:07 Port of Long Beach surges past 2016 cargo volume
07:51 ABS partnership enhances safety in Ghana’s offshore industry

2017 December 12

18:34 Shipping Corporation of India participated in relief efforts targeted at fisherman affected by OCKHI under
18:07 Konecranes to deliver its first Waste-to-Energy cranes to India
17:54 Fourth Feadship yard taking shape in Amsterdam
17:50 Major Baltic Sea policies reviewed ahead of HELCOM Ministerial Meeting
17:48 Skangas signs Letter of Intent with National Grid Grain LNG
17:46 Boskalis completes successful Aasta Hansteen float-over installation
17:00 Nefteflot delivers lead oil tanker of Project RST11 (photo)
15:03 Russia will support Finland’s proposal to IMO on evaluation of legal framework for unmanned navigation (photo)
14:27 Russia and Finland to submit joint proposal to IMO for accepting ship’s documents in e-format (photo)
14:01 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and Mediterranean
13:39 GlavGosEkspertiza approves the project on construction of a multi-purpose for oil products at port Novorossiysk (photo)
13:01 MOL with partners agree to start a demonstration test of blockchain technology in cross-border trade operations
12:31 Seaspan accepts delivery of fourth 11000 TEU SAVER containership
12:01 Classification contract for CMA CGM’s 22,000 TEU dual-fuel containerships was signed at Marintec in Shanghai
11:48 MGO prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:22 Russia invites Finland to designate a common water area in the Gulf of Finland not subject to ballast water exchange (photo)
11:13 Jan De Nul enters in JV company agreement with the Payra Port Authority to proceed with EUR 550 million port dredging contract
11:00 Ville Haapasaari named new CEO of the Port of Helsinki
10:51 CMA CGM to upgrade MIDAS Loop 1 connecting South Africa with Indian Subcontinent and Middle East Gulf
10:31 Brent Crude futures price up 1% to $65.34, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.5% to $58.28
10:08 Russia and Finland to cooperate in icebreaker assistance during 2017-2018 winter navigation season (photo)
09:40 Klaipeda Seaport Authority expands its fleet with new oil response and diving support vessel
09:19 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,727 points

2017 December 11

18:27 APL expands coverage in the Trans-Atlantic with New North Atlantic Service
18:07 Keppel secures S$130 million in projects from repeat customers
18:01 NOVATEK: LNG sales under long-term contracts will commence in April 2018
17:39 LR and UMAS release ‘Zero Emission Vessels 2030’ study
17:38 Port of Riga introduces new and innovative dry bulk handling technology
17:33 Van Oord completes expansion of Taiwan's largest port
17:16 ABB’s first Azipod® D propulsion system now in operation
17:06 Damen Schelde Gears acquired by RENK
16:55 Private sector partners in the pursuit of low carbon shipping
16:55 Teekay LNG Partners secures long-term financing for Yamal ARC7 LNG carriers
16:51 IMO Assembly adopts vision and strategic directions
16:33 Port of Helsinki’s West Terminal 2 awarded recognition for accessibility
16:03 Essar Vizag Terminal to take week-long shutdown to commission 8,000 TPH ship loader
15:47 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’17 grew by 9% to 716.7 mln t (detalization)
15:33 ICTSI agree on Motukea port project framework
15:19 Navigation season is over in Volga-Don Basin of Russia’s IWW (photo)
15:03 Port of Antwerp to invest 1.4 million euros over the next three years in seven projects
14:33 Maersk Line completes the divestment of Mercosul Line
14:21 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 13,104 in RF spot market
14:03 Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam, UWT and Smith Holland to launch an Empty Transferium at Maasvlakte’s ECT Euromax terminal
13:37 Aker Solutions to provide subsea production system for Aker BP's Ærfugl
13:12 Russian seaports handled 716.75 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 9% Y-o-Y
12:50 ABP on course to become one of UK’s biggest corporate solar power producers
12:24 Gdansk, Poland to host Transport Week 2018 on March 6-8
12:01 JNPT records growth of 5.76% in container handling DPD share up at 34.73 per cent