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German government funds LNG push

The German taxpayer will be footing some of the bill when carrier Wessels Reederi retrofits a ship to sail with cleaner LNG fuel. The government will boost demand for LNG in German ports.

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German carrier Reederi Wessels will receive government support to rebuild a ship which can sail on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The vessel in question is 1,000 teu container ship Wes Amelie, which gets a "seven-digit" figure to retrofit the ship to sail on the cleaner fuel type, the carrier writes a press release.

The vessel is from 2011 and forms part of a fleet of 23 ships, of which 16 are structurally so similar to each other that it will be easy to repeat the conversion process when the carrier considers retrofitting them.

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