Bureau Veritas is set to class the first container ship LNG–fuel conversion. Haren/Ems-based Wessels Reederei will convert one of its fleet of 1,036 teu container vessels to use LNG as fuel. Bureau Veritas will class the conversion, the first of a container vessel to LNG as fuel world-wide, according to a statement.

The project is sponsored by the German Ministry of Transport and partners are Wessels Reederei, MAN Diesel & Turbo, TGE Marine Gas Engineering, SMB Naval Architects & Consultants and Bureau Veritas.

Philippe Donche-Gay, President of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division said: “Our experience with this kind of conversion on small scale LNG vessels helps the owners and other partners to move to confidently to this new and cleaner fuel.”

The vessel, MV WES AMELIE, has a MAN 8 L 48/60B engine. MAN will convert the existing engine to a 51/60 DF dual-fuel engine. The LNG tank of abt. 500 cu m will be located in the fore part of the vessel to limit the loss of cargo capacity. The conversion will take place in 2017.