By 2018, two new ice-class 1A ships will be the first LNG-fueled large bulk carriers in operation in the world. They have been ordered by ESL Shipping Ltd, a leading carrier of dry bulk cargoes in the Baltic Sea region. ESL Shipping has reached agreement with Sinotrans & CSC Shipbuilding Industry Corporation to have the construction of the vessels assigned to Jinling Shipyard, located in Nanjing, China.
ESL Shipping, an Aspo operation, says the agreement ensures timely delivery and highest quality of the vessels and has no effect on the contract price.
CO2 emissions per ton of cargo transported will be reduced by more than 50% in comparison to present vessels. The new ships will start operating in the Baltic Sea during first half of 2018.
“We are extremely pleased with competence of Sinotrans & CSC Shipbuilding. Together with Jinling Shipyard we shall make shipping more sustainable and environmentally aware than ever before”, says Mikki Koskinen, Managing Director of ESL Shipping.
ESL Shipping transports goods for the steel, power generation and chemical industries throughout the year even in difficult climate conditions. Special services include loading, topping off and lightering of large ocean carriers at sea.
(Source: ESL Shipping)