The world’s first conversion of a large container ship to LNG as fuel has hit a major milestone as an LNG bunker tank was lifted into Hapag-Lloyd’s Sajir boxship at Chinese shipyard Huarun Dadong Dockyard Co.

The 6,500-cbm LNG Mark III tank was designed by the French LNG containment specialist GTT.

The milestone is the result of 5 years of development together with Hapag-Lloyd and TECHNOLOG GmbH teams, GTT said on social media.

The company revealed earlier that the design of the project is based on the use of an exoskeleton-type structure which obtained a general approval for ship application (GASA) by DNV-GL in 2017.

MAN Energy Solutions has been tasked with the conversion of the vessel’s HFO-burning MAN B&W 9S90ME-C engine to a dual-fuel MAN B&W ME-GI.

The 15,000 TEU vessel arrived at the Shanghai yard on August 31 for the retrofit, which was set to start in May this year. The project was delayed due to the COVID-19 impact.

The conversion is expected to cost around $30 million and is slated for completion by the end of the year.

The Sajir is one of the 17 vessels in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet that were originally designed to be LNG-ready.

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