Seaspan and Hapag-Lloyd are converting up to 60 ships to green methanol Ship’s crew

Seaspan Corporation and Hapag-Lloyd have teamed up with MAN Energy Solutions to convert up to 60 container ships to use green methanol as marine fuel.

MAN Energy Solutions announced that it has signed an agreement with the two companies to convert 15 individual fuel oil-powered MAN B&W S90 engines to dual-fuel ME LGIM engines capable of running on green methanol. The agreement includes an option for 45 additional engine upgrades.

Hapag-Lloyd is a major charterer of Seaspan-owned vessels.

MAN said that each change could reduce CO2 emissions by 50,000 to 70,000 tons per year.

The announcement of the retrofit comes after competitor Maersk announced plans to convert one of its existing vessels, also in partnership with MAN Energy Solutions, to dual-fuel methanol propulsion capable of running on green methanol. The retrofit, rumored to be an industry first, is scheduled for 2024.

Seaspan is a global lessor of container ships with a focus on long-term charters. The company has a newbuilding program of 70 ships, which will increase its own fleet to a total of 200 ships and a capacity of 1.9 million TEU.

Hapag-Lloyd is a leading liner shipping company with a fleet of 250 container ships and a transport capacity of 1.8 million TEU. The company’s goal is to operate in a climate-neutral manner and to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2045.

“Seaspan and Hapag-Lloyd are major maritime players with strong commitments and strategies to decarbonize the fleet,” said Thomas Leander, Head of Solutions and Site Manager at MAN PrimeServ Denmark. “This agreement demonstrates a clear intention to advance the industry’s transition to zero-carbon shipping.”

Leander added that retrofitting existing engines is a cost-effective way to reduce emissions and increase efficiency, avoiding unnecessary build-up of additional tonnage with the associated CO2 emissions.

“Also, crucially, this avoids the unnecessary build-up of additional tonnage with its associated CO2 emissions, thereby demonstrating that retrofitting the existing maritime fleet is an important and viable avenue,” he said.

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