Baltic region dry bulk cargo maritime transportation firm ESL Shipping, a part of the Aspo Group, on Wednesday (4 November) said the Bothnia Bulk project has reduced up to 50% total CO2 -emissions per transport work in the year-round supply of raw materials in the Bay of Bothnia.
The reduction was achieved through two new EU co-funded LNG fuelled vessels Viikki and Haaga with shore power connection and other energy efficiency measures on board.
The LNG technology and infrastructure enabled the usage of fossil-free biogas as ship fuel which further reduces air emissions.
ESL Shipping is a partner in Bothnia Bulk -a EU co-funded project called Bothnia Bulk. The project upgrades the existing maritime link between the ports of Luleå, Oxelösund and Raahe in the northern Baltic Sea to further comply with the environmental regulations.
The main objective is to have an energy-efficient, low-emission supply of dry bulk cargo available year-round in the peripheral region and to increase efficiency and reduce overall logistics costs.
From 2016-2020, the joint project between Finnish and Swedish partners has modernised the year-round supply of raw material of steelworks to be more sustainable by improving the port infrastructure and efficiency, and by introducing two LNG-fueled bulk carriers, as well as a LNG refuelling truck.
ESL noted the project is a concrete step towards clean shipping and alternative fuels by increasing the demand for LNG and biogas and their bunkering infrastructure in the Baltic Sea. As a result of the project, an energy-efficient, low-emission supply of dry bulk cargo is now in place.
The project has received financial support from the European Union via the CEF Transport programme.
Photo credit: ESL Shipping
Published: 5 November, 2020
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