ESL halves emissions in Bothnia Bulk project

Use of biofuel and shore power has allowed Finnish ship operator ESL Shipping to halve CO2 emissions using its 2018-built ecovessels Viikki and Haaga

The Bothnia Bulk project involves the year-round supply of raw materials in the Bay of Bothnia. Total CO2 -emissions per transport work have reduced by up to 50% compared with conventional vessels in operation. Also, other harmful air emissions (SOX, NOX, and PM) have reduced significantly. This is 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 enable the usage of fossil-free biogas as ship fuel which further reduces air emissions. In addition, the project established on-shore power supply and improved efficiency in port operations.

The project partners have been ESL Shipping, Port of Raahe, Ports of Luleå and Oxelösund, SSAB Europe and Raahen Voima. During the years 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 the two LNG-fuelled 23,600dwt bulk carriers, as well as an LNG refuelling truck.

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, Action No: 2015-EU-TM-0178-M.

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