LNG Fuelled Generators In German Ports


Containerized LNG-fueled generators for cold-ironing gets a grant in excess of a million euros.


A latest system to provide clean power for ships at ports is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport.  This generator is developed by Becker Marine Systems.  It can be lifted aboard a container ship on its arrival in port and taken off again when it leaves.


  • This generator and tank is box shaped and must stand first in the crane lift upon arrival at port and last during departure.
  • Each containerized generator can provide 1.5 megawatts of power, for up to 30 hours of operation per separate, containerized tank of fuel.
  • As per requirements additional generators can be lifted aboard.
  • Each system is designed to be stackable so that it occupies the footprint of one 40-foot container.

Why is this system awarded a subsidy?

During layovers at port the power for container ships is currently being supplied by onboard auxiliary diesel engines.  By doing so, ships account for the majority of harmful emissions at ports.  This system eliminates a cabled shore power connection while greatly reducing emissions.

The new system will provide an “environmentally friendly, safe and economical option for supplying power based on LNG to container ships,” said Henning Kuhlmann, managing director at Becker Marine Systems.

Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry, explained the government’s interest in the system: “By using LNG, the emission of nitrogen oxide can be almost completely eliminated when compared to conventional diesel engines.  Also with respect to greenhouse gases, LNG has a significantly lower footprint,” he said.

Source: Lng Industry


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