ESL Shipping’s new eco-friendly dry cargo vessel successfully launched

By Vessels

Viikki, the new eco-friendly dry cargo vessel of ESL Shipping, part of Aspo Plc, was successfully launched last Thursday at the Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing, China.

“The longstanding work in this project becomes concrete today when we see the vessel floating for the first time. There is still a lot of work ahead before her delivery, but I’m confident that we will get a superb vessel tailored to our needs”, comments Captain Jussi Vaahtikari.

ESL Shipping’s new eco-friendly dry cargo vessel successfully launched
Caption: Cargo ship Viiki - Image courtesy of ESL Shipping

Viikki is the first LNG-powered Handysize bulk carrier in the world and is a forerunner in energy efficiency and eco-friendliness. The 160-meter vessel of 26,000 dwt fueled by liquefied natural gas produces more than 50 percent lower carbon dioxide emissions than vessels of the previous generation.

About Bothnia Bulk project

This construction project is part of the Bothnia Bulk project, co-funded partly by the EU. Its objective is to modernize the sea route between Luleå, Oxelösund and Raahe to be more eco-friendly.

Caption: Cargo ship Viiki - Image courtesy of ESL Shipping

About ESL Shipping

ESL Shipping, part of Aspo Plc, is the leading carrier of dry bulk in the Baltic Sea. ESL Shipping ensures raw material transport for steel, energy and chemical industries year round in difficult ice and weather conditions. Special services include topping-off and lightering of large ocean carriers at sea. The company’s fleet consists of 14 units and the annual transport volume amounted to 10.7 million tons in 2016.

Source: ESL Shipping