Wessels Reederei Takes the Lead on LNG Conversions
- “Our Wes Amelie is now the worldwide first retrofit of a container vessel from heavy fuel to natural gas,” said Gerd Wessels in the Maritime Reporter article. Photo: PPM News Service Maritim
- Photo: MAN D&T
- Cut No. 7 Wes Amelie is now driven by a 7,800 kW MAN 8L51/60DF main engine. Photo: PPM News Service Maritim
The move toward LNG as fuel is gaining momentum quickly, driven not only by newbuild installations but now by companies signing on to convert existing ships to the environmentally friendly solution. Germany's Wessels Reederei -- which was the first company in the world to convert a containership to LNG fuel, signed a letter of intent with MAN Diesel & Turbo regarding the conversion of three of its fleet to dual-fuel gas operation.