Project highlights ‘significant’ reduction in emissions in Bay of Bothnia

The Bothnia Bulk project claims to have reduced total CO2-emissions per transport work by up to 50% compared with conventional vessels in operation in the Bay of Bothnia.

The project, which consists of partners ESL Shipping, Port of Raahe, Ports of Luleå and Oxelösund, SSAB Europe and Raahen Voima, also highlighted a reduction in SOx, NOx and PM emissions.

According to the Bothnia Bulk project, the reduction in emissions was 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 has enabled the use of fossil-free biogas as ship fuel.

As Bunkerspot recently reported, last month, ESL Shipping announced that its Viikki bulk carrier was fuelled in Raahe with 100% renewable liquefied biogas (LBG) – the first time such fuel has been used in maritime transport in Finland.

In addition, the project established onshore power supply and improved efficiency in port operations.

ESL Shipping says that between 2016-2020, the joint project, which has received financial support from the European Union via the CEF Transport programme, has modernised the year-round supply of raw material of steelworks to be more sustainable. This has been achieved by improving the port infrastructure and efficiency, and by introducing the two LNG-fuelled 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,’ said ESL Shipping. ‘As a result of the project, an energy-efficient, low-emission supply of dry bulk cargo is now in place.’

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry