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POSCO ‘HL Green’ becomes first LNG powered bulk carrier to complete international trip

02 Feb 2021

South Korean steel-making company POSCO on Friday (29 January) said its liquified natural gas (LNG)-powered bulk carrier built for international voyages has successfully completed its first trip, marking the start of an “eco-friendly” operation.

This trip marks the first time a bulk carrier powered by LNG has successfully completed an overseas trip, claims POSCO. HL Green is 292m long, 45m wide, and has a deck height of 24.8m, making it the world’s largest 180,000-ton LNG-powered vessel. 

The HL Green departed Mokpo, South Korea last December and arrived at Gwangyang Works loaded with 180,000 tons of iron ore from Australia on 20 January.

POSCO noted the use of LNG as bunker fuel can help reduce critical air pollutants sulfur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 99% and 85%, respectively, compared to conventional bunker fuel-powered vessels. 

In December 2018, before the international regulations were imposed, POSCO, together with H-Line Shipping Co., LTD., decided to preemptively replace two of its existing raw material carriers with LNG-powered vessels ahead of IMO 2020 regulations. 

Following its completion last December, HL Green had finally made a successful first trip.

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. was in charge of the design and construction of the two LNG-powered vessels.

POSCO supplied steel plates for the ships’ bodies and 9% nickel steel as cryogenic materials for the fuel tanks.

In addition, POSCO has promised a secure quantity of cargo through a long-term contract with shipping company H-Line Shipping Co., LTD., which initially hesitated to utilise LNG-powered vessels because of the lack of LNG bunkering infrastructure.

Other than the two LNG-powered vessels, POSCO noted it has installed exhaust gas cleaning systems on 21 out of 38 overseas raw material carriers. The remaining ships will be replaced with eco-friendly ships, including LNG-powered ones, by cooperating with shipping companies and ship makers.

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

Photo credit: POSCO
Published: 2 February, 2021

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