MAN Energy Solutions has signed an agreement with Seaspan Corporation and Hapag-Lloyd. Under the agreement, MAN will deliver fifteen engine retrofit solutions for conversion of vessels to dual fuel methanol operation, with an option of 45 more.

The vessels are now powered by individual MAN B&W S90-type fuel-oil-powered engines, but will be fitted with dual-fuel ME-LGIM engines capable of running on green methanol. Each conversion can provide a CO2 reduction of 50,000–70,000 tonnes each year, when operating on green methanol.

Leander said: ‘Retrofitting existing engines to dual-fuel running is one of the most effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to derive greater efficiency and profitability from an existing shipping fleet, while simultaneously delivering fuel flexibility and extending operational lifetimes,’ says Thomas Leander of MAN Energy Solutions. ‘Crucially, this also avoids the unnecessary building of additional tonnage with associated CO2 emissions, and thereby showcasing that retrofitting the existing maritime fleet is an important and feasible path.’

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Seaspan is the largest global container ship lessor, primarily focused on long-term time charters with the world’s leading container shipping lines. With an industry-leading newbuild programme of seventy vessels, Seaspan will bring its owned fleet to a total of 200 vessels and 1.9 million TEU capacity.

With a fleet of 250 modern container ships and a total transport capacity of 1.8 million TEU, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world’s leading liner shipping companies. Hapag-Lloyd aims at operating its vessels in a climate-neutral manner to become net-zero carbon by 2045.

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