ESL Shipping’s LNG-powered dry cargo vessel Haaga was launched at the Jinling Shipyard in China and moved to the outfitting quay on October 20. Haaga and its sister vessel Viikki are said to be the first LNG-powered handy-size bulkers in the world.
The 160-meter-long vessels fuelled by LNG, produce more than 50 per cent lower carbon dioxide emissions than vessels of the previous generation.
The 25,600 dwt newbuildings will start operating in the Baltic Sea during the first half of 2018. Haaga’s sister ship Viikki was launched in August, 2017 and the work has progressed as per schedule at the outfitting quay, the company said.
The construction of the two vessels is part of the Bothnia Bulk project, co-funded partly by the European Union (EU). Its objective is to modernise the sea route between Lulea, Oxelosund and Raahe, to be more eco-friendly.
Helsinki-based ESL Shipping, part of Aspo Plc, is a dry bulk shipping company operating in the Baltic Sea. ESL’s fleet comprises 14 ships and the company recorded a transport volume of 10.7 million tons in 2016.
Sea News, October 23