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Hapag-Lloyd Accelerates IMO 2020 Plans

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Hapag-Lloyd has announced it will retrofit 10 Hamburg Class (13,000 TEU) vessels with Hybrid Ready Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), as part of its preparation for the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) rules on sulfur emission.

The retrofits will begin in March 2019, with the ‘Hamburg Express’ being given an EGCS at Qingdao Beihai shipyard in China.

The German carrier says the installations will be made throughout 2019, with all of them being finished by the end of 2020.

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Hamburg Express :Credit: Hapag-Lloyd


It also said its 17 newest vessels will be converted to use liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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Anthony Firmin, Chief Operating Officer, Hapag-Lloyd, said: “Using compliant low sulfur fuels is the key solution for Hapag-Lloyd.

“However, we want to make sure we test and make use of all relevant solutions, which is why we decided to also retrofit our Hamburg Class vessels with EGCS.

The IMO’s new regulations – due to come into force on January 1 2020 – will prohibit ships from emitting more than 0.5% of sulfur.

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