Shell to supply LNG to Hapag-Lloyd's container vessels
Shell and Hapag-Lloyd on February 27 announced the signing of a multi-year agreement for the supply of LNG to the latter’s ultra-large dual-fuel container vessels.
Bunkering for these 12 new vessels is expected to commence during the second half of 2023 and LNG will be supplied in the Port of Rotterdam. The ships will be deployed on Europe-Far East routes and call at major ports including Rotterdam, Hamburg, Singapore, and Shanghai.
Using LNG enables Hapag-Lloyd to immediately reduce the CO2 intensity of these vessels by up to 23% compared to conventional fuels, Shell said. Additionally, the use of LNG supports the almost complete reduction of particle emissions. This is another important step for Hapag-Lloyd to reduce emissions and decarbonise its fleet in line with its goal of becoming net zero carbon by 2045.
In addition to the LNG supply agreement, Shell and Hapag-Lloyd have entered into a strategic collaboration agreement intended to accelerate the further decarbonisation of alternative marine fuels. Initial focus will be given to developing the potential of additional low carbon fuels solutions including liquefied biomethane and the hydrogen-based fuel liquefied e-methane. Liquefied biomethane as a marine fuel has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by between 65% and 100%.
This announcement supports Shell and Hapag-Lloyd’s long-standing collaboration, which over the past years included the LNG bunkering of the Brussels Express, the world’s first large container ship that was converted to gas propulsion.