HAPAG-LLOYD and SEASPAN are collaborating to modernize five container ships for using methanol fuel.

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Hapag-Lloyd is the main charterer of ships owned by Seaspan.

Five 10,000 TEU container ships currently powered by traditional S90 engines will be upgraded to operate on dual-fuel engines. Following the upgrade, they will be leased to Hapag-Lloyd on a long-term basis.

Each conversion can lead to a reduction of 50,000 to 70,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually when operated with green methanol.

Seaspan stated that the modernization modification represents a “necessary and key element in reducing emissions” and is “an effective way to extend the operational life of the current fleet while providing fuel consumption flexibility for customers”.

By the end of 2023, Seaspan’s operational fleet consists of 153 ships, with an additional 36 ships under construction scheduled for delivery by December 2024. This will increase the total fleet capacity to around 1.9 million TEUs.

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