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ESL Shipping welcomes LNG-fuelled bulk carrier newbuild

28 Aug 2018

Baltic region dry bulk cargo maritime transportation firm ESL Shipping, part of the Aspo Group, in late August welcomed the 160-meter, 25,600 dwt, LNG-fuelled next-generation bulk carrier Haaga.

The Deltamarin designed ship was built by the Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing, China and features the world's first autonomous cargo handling solution developed by MacGregor, a subsidiary of Cargotec.

It is part of the EU co-funded Bothnia Bulk project which goal is to modernise the sea route between Luleå, Oxelösund and Raahe to be more eco-friendly.

The vessel can also be fuelled by completely carbon-free biogas, once the availability of carbon-free biogas improves over time.

“This investment of around EUR 60 million is significant for a company of Aspo's size,” says Aki Ojanen, CEO of Aspo Plc and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ESL Shipping.

“It's also an excellent example of our responsible ownership, as environmental responsibility involves considering future generations, too.

“The design and construction of the new vessels were completed as planned.

The vessels will considerably increase ESL Shipping's capacity, in addition to improving its profitability.”

The Haaga will have raw material cargo while arriving from Japan to the Baltic Sea, where the vessel is currently scheduled to arrive in mid-September. 

“Our new vessels have met with an excellent reception among our customers. Every employee of our shipping company should be genuinely proud of what we have achieved during our newbuilding project", says Mikki Koskinen, Managing Director of ESL Shipping.

Photo credit: Jussi Vaahtikari / ESL Shipping Ltd.
Published: 28 August, 2018


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