In a world first, ESL Shipping, part of Aspo Plc, successfully launched the new eco-friendly dry cargo vessel, Viikki.
The event took place on August 31, at Jinling shipyard in Nanjing, China.
“The longstanding work in this project becomes concrete today when we see the vessel floating for the first time. There is still a lot of work ahead before her delivery, but I’m confident that we will get a superb vessel tailored to our needs,” comments Captain Jussi Vaahtikari.
Viikki is the first LNG-powered handyzise bulk carrier in the world and is a forerunner in energy efficiency and eco-friendliness. The 160-meter vessel of 26,000 dwt fueled by liquefied natural gas produces more than 50 percent lower carbon dioxide emissions than vessels of the previous generation.