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ESL Shipping inks LNG bunkering deal with Skangas

Dry bulk shipowner ESL Shipping has entered into a marine fuel agreement with Norwegian LNG supplier Skangas, who will supply gas fuel to ESL’s LNG-powered bulk carrier newbuildings.

The two new vessels, which will be the first LNG-fuelled large bulk carriers in the world, will start operating during the first half of 2018. The first of the two vessels was named Viikki in June.

“Our new vessels are full of innovation, and they are pioneers in eco-friendliness and transportation efficiency,” said Mikki Koskinen, managing director of ESL Shipping.

“This is a large step towards even greener shipping. Our combination of latest hull design and numerous other energy saving measures together with usage of LNG as fuel will reduce the carbon dioxide emissions per ton of cargo transported by more than 50 percent in comparison to present generation of vessels. This agreement also helps us to lower our operational costs,” Koskinen added.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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