German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen Group on Tuesday (16 June) said for the first time, its vehicles from Europe will be transported to North and Central America with a deep sea car carrier powered by liquified natural gas (LNG).
The Siem Confucius was loaded with more than 4,800 vehicles to be delivered to North America set sail from Emden towards Veracruz in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday evening, said Volkswagen.
More than 100 drivers navigated the new cars onto the decks, and each vehicle was scanned and secured with the most modern car lashing belts as seas can get rough in the North Atlantic.
Using LNG for a deep sea car carrier can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 25%, nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 30%, soot particles by up to 60% and sulfur oxide emissions by up to 100%, noted the company.
“We are proud to put the world’s first LNG vehicle transporter of this size into service. This is an important part of our decarbonization strategy, “said Thomas Zernechel, Head of Volkswagen Konzernlogistik.
“By 2025 the company aims to reduce carbon emissions by 30% and be carbon neutral by 2050.
“For this plan to happen, we have to take action now because ships like Siem Confucius and sister ship Siem Aristotle go into service for many years.”
Volkswagen Group Logistics organizes, coordinates and is responsible for around 7,700 ship departures worldwide each year.
Eleven car carrier ships, two of which are now being replaced by the LNG units, are at sea for the company every day and 2.8 million new cars are shipped with them annually.
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Published: 18 June, 2020
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