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Port Hedland welcomes first LNG powered vessel – bulk carrier ‘HL Green’

08 Jan 2021

Pilbara Ports Authority on Thursday (7 January) welcomed  bulk carrier HL Green with a special greeting on its maiden voyage to Port Hedland on Wednesday, 6 January.

HL Green is the first LNG-fuelled vessel to berth at the Port of Port Hedland, as the maritime industry moves to reduce emissions from shipping operations.

The vessel is one of two 180,000 dwt bulk carriers that was built in Korea and launched on 11 December 2020 to carry iron ore and coal exports from Australia. It is expected to make about 10 round trips a year between Korea and Australia.

The HL Green is distinguished from other bulk carriers in the port by the two LNG fuel tanks at the stern; the tanks have a storage capacity of 1,600 m3 each.

Transitioning iron ore exports from heavy fuel oil vessels to LNG-fuelled vessels will reduce carbon, sulphur, nitrogen and other greenhouse gas emissions, said the port authority.

If all bulk iron or presently exported from the Pilbara was shipped using LNG, sulphur and particulate matter would reduce by 95% and nitrogen emissions would reduce by 85%.

The HL Green Captain was presented with a plaque to commemorate the vessel’s maiden voyage and visit to Port Hedland. 

“Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) was pleased to welcome HL Green and her crew to the Port of Port Hedland, as another milestone in our support of the transfer to LNG fuel as a way of reducing shipping emissions,” said Pilbara Ports Authority Chief Executive Officer.

Related: Naming ceremony held for South Korea’s first LNG-powered bulk carriers

Photo credit: Pilbara Ports Authority
Published: 8 January, 2021

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