Emissions-cutting LNG power generator

Becker LNG PowerPac The Becker LNG PowerPac comprises a gas-powered generator and an LNG tank. Credit: Port of Hamburg

A new 1.5-megawatt mobile LNG power generator is set to enable large container ships at the Port of Hamburg to switch off their auxiliary diesel supplies during lay time to save fuel, reduce emissions and improve air quality.

Developed by Becker Marine Systems and its subsidiary Hybrid Port Energy (HPE), the Becker LNG PowerPac comprises a gas-powered generator and an LNG tank, which provides the energy for the generator. Already tested at the Port of Hamburg, the generator connects to a ship’s power system to supply the electricity needed for onboard operations. Its use means sulphur dioxide, particulate matter and nitrous oxides normally generated while the ship is running on auxiliary diesel can be either reduced significantly or avoided entirely.

Dirk Lehmann, managing director at Becker Marine Systems, 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.”

Hamburg prototype

Since January, Becker Marine Systems has been testing a prototype of the compact system, the size of two 40-foot containers, with Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) at Hamburg’s HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB).

The prototype was tested with some of Hapag-Lloyd’s giant 20,000 teu container ships, aided by a container gantry crane, which lifts the generator from the quay into position at the stern of the docked ship.

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