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Hapag-Lloyd tests eco-friendly power for container ships

Thu 23 Aug 2018 by Rebecca Moore

Hapag-Lloyd tests eco-friendly power for container ships
Presenting the Becker LNG PowerPac at HHLA terminal Burchardkai (from left): Christian Becker (Becker Marine Systems), Dirk Lehmann (Becker Marine Systems), Anthony J Firmin (Hapag-Lloyd), Jens Hansen (HHLA), Enak Ferlemann (BMVI) (credit: HHLA)

Hapag-Lloyd has teamed up with Becker Marine Systems and HHLA to test an alternative power supply for box ships at the Port of Hamburg.

The technology is set to enable large and very large container ships to switch off their auxiliary diesel supplies during lay time and instead draw the power they need for onboard operations from a new kind of mobile generator. Becker Marine Systems, Hapag-Lloyd AG and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) have been testing the new technology as part of a joint pilot project since the start of the year.

Technology supplier Becker Marine Systems developed the mobile power generator, then partnered with Hapag-Lloyd and HHLA for the test phase. The Becker LNG PowerPac supplies eco-friendly power to container ships at the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB). Over the past few weeks, a prototype has been successfully tested multiple times with Hapag-Lloyd’s giant 20,000 TEU container ships.

Developed by Becker Marine Systems and its subsidiary Hybrid Port Energy, the Becker LNG PowerPac comprises a gas-powered generator and an LNG tank, which provides the energy for the generator. As soon as a container ship docks, a container gantry crane lifts the mobile 1.5-MW power generator from the quay into position at the stern of the ship. Once there, it is connected to the ship’s power system and can supply the electricity needed for onboard operations while the ship is docked. 

Becker Marine Systems managing director Dirk Lehmann said “We can safely say that the pilot phase was a complete success, and we thank our partners for the great teamwork. The Becker LNG PowerPac represents a straightforward solution for reducing harmful emissions in the port and has the potential to be implemented internationally. We are in conversations with a variety of European and Chinese ports, and we are confident that the Becker LNG PowerPac can be successful on the market.” 

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure awarded a seven-figure sum to fund the development of the new technology as part of the government’s mobility and fuel strategy. 

“As a global company based in Hamburg, we were more than happy to support the tests. Shoreside power is an important component in our extensive efforts to make our business even more sustainable,” said Hapag-Lloyd executive board member for shipping Anthony J Firmin.

HHLA has acted as an expert partner and handling service provider for the project since its launch in early 2016. Hamburg’s largest terminal operator defined the technical and process-related requirements for both ship-side handling and handling the PowerPac at CTB.

HHLA executive board member Jens Hansen said “We are delighted to add our experience and expertise to this important pilot project for the Port of Hamburg. From what we can see, the tests have been very successful so far. PowerPac handling might well be integrated into our terminal processes.”


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