Becker Marine Systems, in collaboration with container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA), has tested an alternative power supply system for ships at the Port of Hamburg in Germany.

The test was carried out at the beginning of this year as part of a joint pilot project launched by the companies in 2016.

The partners conducted a series of trials using a prototype of Becker LNG PowerPac system on some of Hapag-Lloyd’s 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container ships at the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) situated at the Port of Hamburg.

Becker Marine Systems and its subsidiary Hybrid Port Energy (HPE) have jointly developed the Becker LNG PowerPac system, which is a compact unit featuring the size of two 40ft containers.

LNG PowerPac system is equipped with a gas-powered generator and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank, which supplies energy for the generator.

When a container ship docks, a container gantry crane lifts the mobile 1.5MW generator from the quay into the stern of the ship to connect to the vessel’s power system.

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The generator can then supply the required amount of electricity for on-board operations when the ship is docked.

“The Becker LNG PowerPac represents a straightforward solution for the reduction of harmful emissions in the port and has the potential to be implemented internationally.”

The system is capable of either reducing or completely eliminating emissions such as sulphur dioxide, particulate matter and nitrous oxides that are generally produced when the ship is running on auxiliary power.

Becker Marine Systems managing director Dirk Lehmann said: “The Becker LNG PowerPac represents a straightforward solution for the reduction of harmful emissions in the port and has the potential to be implemented internationally.

“We are in conversation with a variety of European and Chinese ports, and we are confident that the Becker LNG PowerPac can be successful on the market.”

For the joint pilot project, HHLA has worked as an expert partner and has provided a handling service.

The project has also received an undisclosed amount of funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure under the government’s mobility and fuel strategy.