Wessels Reederei-owned Wes Amelie, a container ship retrofitted with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine, has received LNG fuel supply through a ship-to-ship operation from the LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos.

The transfer of LNG between the two vessels marks an important step forward for gas-powered vessels.

In 2017, Nauticor carried out Wes Amelie’s first LNG bunkering in Bremerhaven.

Nauticor CEO Mahinde Abeynaike said: “We are proud that in cooperation with Unifeeder and Wessels Reederei we have been able to provide a state-of-the-art ship-to-ship LNG fuelling solution for “Wes Amelie”.

“The successful operation proves again that LNG is becoming a fuel for all segments in the shipping sector and that the availability of the molecules is secured in Northwest Europe.

“We are happy to support the efforts of those pioneers who are working on establishing LNG as fuel for containerships by providing highest quality standards and cost-efficient LNG supply solutions.”

Wes Amelie is operated by Unifeeder on a feeder route between Rotterdam and the Baltics to offer the largest feeder and shortsea network in Europe.

“We are working on a number of similar projects to rapidly expand the fleet of eco-friendly vessels converted to LNG.”

Wessels Marine managing director Christian Hoepfner said: “Wes Amelie has convincingly shown that the use of LNG substantially benefits the environment along the feeder routes and raises advantages for the operators.

“Therefore, we are working on a number of similar projects to rapidly expand the fleet of eco-friendly vessels converted to LNG.”

Wessels Reederei has a total fleet of 30 seagoing vessels, including 20 coasters, four container ships, and six multi-purpose freighters.

Wessels Marine operates as a consulting and project development company for the use of LNG as maritime fuel.