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Box ship operator Hapag-Lloyd is in the process of finalising a deal for a dozen newbuild boxships to be fuelled by liquified natural gas (LNG).
In response to an enquiry from Ship & Bunker, the company said no information was available at this time as the contract had yet to be signed.
Maritime news provider Tradewinds has reported that the order will include a new tank fuelling system.
LNG has established itself as a viable alternative to oil-derived bunker fuel with northwest Europe as the most well developed market.
According to the Society for Gas as Marine Fuel, there are currently 187 LNG-fuelled ships in operation, 88 ports supplying LNG and 17 LNG bunker tankers.
A European Commission-funded three-year project was started in 2018 to look at using lighter material in the manufacture of LNG bunker tanks.