The use of LNG as fuel for a seagoing vessel is uncharted territory for many. Anyone who wants to deal seriously with this topic must intensively deal with commercial, operational and technical topics and questions, evaluate and analyse them individually before a decision can be made for or against LNG as fuel.
Wessels Marine offers assistance and support with the approach and implementation of a project analysis and evaluation. We address specific topics that are necessary for the analysis and evaluation of your own project and provide concrete contributions to risk minimisation and cost avoidance.
Taking up new developments, going innovative ways, proactively doing something for climate and environmental protection. There are a variety of public funding options available for this, which make project financing easier or even possible in the first place.
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure supports maritime LNG projects as part of its mobility and fuel strategy. Wessels Marine has experience in applying for public funding for LNG-based projects, whether conversions or new builds, and has an effective network for this.
Whether a project is eligible depends on various factors. We evaluate your project for eligibility and support and accompany you through the application process.
An LNG conversion is a massive intervention is the ship system and causes noticeable and visible changes to the ship's structure. This measure requires commercial, operational and technical prerequisites which must be thoroughly analysed and evaluated. These include the general convertibility of the propulsion system, the accommodation of the LNG tank within the existing ship structure, the guarantee of the LNG supply and economic areas such as financing and profitability.
We analyse, evaluate and advise you in commercial, operative and technical questions concerning your conversion project and accompany you, as project manager or construction supervisor, until the implementation of your project.
Coasters are the mainstay of European short sea transport. The average age of the fleet is very high at Ø 18 years. The majority of the fleet is obsolete and uneconomical in its structural and technical equipment. This also results in relatively high fuel consumption and thus disproportionately high pollutant emissions.
The current emission requirements and ballast water regulations require high investments, investments which have to be questioned for the majority of obsolete ships.
New, efficient, climate and environmentally conscious new builds are necessary for this segment. Together with a design partner, Wessels Marine has developed a "green" ship concept for the future.
The requirements of the shipper side with regard to capacity and flexibility were taken into account in this ship concept. At the same time, attention was paid to efficient and cost-optimised operation of the vessel. Particular focus was placed on a sustainable, low-maintenance propulsion and fuel concept that also permits the use of CO2- and thus climate-neutral fuel such as synthetically produced LNG (SNG).
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The standard version of our "Green Coaster" has a propulsion concept designed for liquefied gas. Fossil LNG as well as CO2 neutral Bio-LNG and E-LNG (Power-to-X) can be used. Bio-LNG and E-LNG can be used as an additive to the fossil LNG or as a single fuel.
Optional Fuel- and Propulsion Concepts:
- fuel-eletric / fuel-mechanic
The dynamic growth in the use of LNG as marine fuel requires a tailor-made, water-side LNG bunker infrastructure that ensures LNG supply not only in large ports.
In cooperation with TGE Marine Gas Engineering, Wessels Marine has developed a type ship which enables the LNG supply for vessels used in regional maritime transportation to be efficient, flexible and cost-optimised.
This bunker vessel is also designed to serve cruise ships of any size quickly and flexibly at any location without additional facilities.
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Synthetic LNG (SNG) from renewable energy sources is CO2 neutral. The use of SNG as an additive to fossil LNG reduces CO2 emissions. As a substitute to fossil LNG, the use of SNG achieves climate neutrality.
Wessels Marine and MAN Energy Solutions have initiated a pilot project to test the use of SNG on an LNG powered container ship. With this pilot project, we want to demonstrate that climate-neutral shipping across our oceans is not unrealistic wishful thinking, but an achievable goal.
Wessels Marine has reported in numerous lectures and professional articles about the project development, the project implementation and the first operational experiences on the container ship 'Wes Amelie' converted to LNG. This was always done with the aim of reducing hesitancy about LNG as a maritime fuel and motivating other market participants to open up to the topic of LNG as well.
Until recently, LNG as maritime fuel was still in its infancy. The increasing number of new builds with dual fuel propulsion concepts shows that the spread of LNG is very dynamic.
We offer all LNG interested market participants an open discussion for further orientation.