Hapag-Lloyd’s Synthetic Methane Project For LNG-Powered Vessels

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Hapag-Lloyd, a German shipping company, is developing a synthetic methane project to further reduce emissions from its fleet of LNG-powered containerships, says an article published on lng prime website.

Summary

  • Hapag-Lloyd, a prominent German shipping company, is spearheading a synthetic methane project to further mitigate emissions from its fleet of LNG-powered containerships, as reported by the LNG Prime website.
  • Recognized for leading the industry in LNG-powered vessels, Hapag-Lloyd operates the world’s first ultra-large containership LNG retrofit, the Brussels Express, and has received the first of 12 ultra-large LNG-powered containerships from Hanwha Ocean.
  • The company continues to invest significantly in expanding its LNG-powered fleet, having ordered six 23,500-TEU LNG dual-fuel containerships in 2020 and adding six more sister vessels in 2021, totaling around $2 billion in investment.

Leading In LNG-Powered Vessels

Hapag-Lloyd operates the world’s first ultra-large containership LNG retrofit, the Brussels Express, and has received the first of 12 ultra-large LNG-powered containerships from Hanwha Ocean.

Continued Investment In LNG-Powered Fleet

The company ordered six 23,500-teu LNG dual-fuel containerships in 2020 and added six more sister vessels in 2021, totaling about $2 billion.

Progress In Sustainability

In its 2023 sustainability report, Hapag-Lloyd announced that three of its 12 new dual-fuel vessels have been put into service, with nine more scheduled to go into operation by 2025.

Increasing LNG Consumption

Hapag-Lloyd reported an increase in LNG bunker consumption from 4,582 tonnes in 2022 to 22,769 tonnes in 2023.

Partnership With Shell

Since September last year, Shell has been delivering LNG to Hapag-Lloyd’s LNG-powered containerships in Rotterdam under a deal signed earlier in 2023.

Synthetic Methane Supply By 2026

Hapag-Lloyd aims to transition its fleet to operate on synthetic methane, which can be produced from carbon dioxide (CO2) and green hydrogen. The company expects to bunker the first quantities of synthetic methane by 2026.

Advantages Of Synthetic Methane

Synthetic methane production has a lower methane slip compared to fossil LNG production and can be monitored more effectively.

Pilot Bunkering Program With Biomethane

In 2024, Hapag-Lloyd plans a pilot bunkering program with biomethane and is part of a consortium aiming to reduce CO2 emissions on the Rotterdam-Singapore trading route.

Focus On Green & Digital Corridor

Hapag-Lloyd is involved in initiatives to promote biomethane use and digitalization for vessel planning and cargo handling.

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Source: lngprime