Long-term LNG supply for ESL bulkers

Mahinde Abeynaike (left) of Nauticor and Mikki Koskinen of ESL Shipping sign an LNG supply deal for ESL's gas-fuelled bulkers (credit: Nauticor) Mahinde Abeynaike (left) of Nauticor and Mikki Koskinen of ESL Shipping sign an LNG supply deal for ESL's gas-fuelled bulkers (credit: Nauticor)

Finnish shipping company ESL has contracted Linde Group subsidiary Nauticor to supply LNG fuel for its new handysize bulk carriers ‘Hagga’ and ‘Viikki’ in the port of Oxelösund.

Nauticor’s new 7,500m3 LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos will play a crucial role in the development of the supply chain for the two vessels, which started operations in the Baltic Sea region in October. In fulfilling the contract Nauticor will cooperate with its sister company AGA, which operates Linde’s LNG terminal in Nynäshamn, Sweden.

Mikki Koskinen, managing director, ESL, said: “The new vessels combine innovative hull design, the use of LNG as fuel and other energy saving measures, thereby reducing emissions significantly. We are glad that we can offer this environmental-friendly mode of transport to our customers with the supply of LNG in the port of Oxelösund being secured by Nauticor.”

Mahinde Abeynaike, CEO, Nauticor, added: “Building on the experience that we have gained in the development of LNG supply chains for maritime customers in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, we are very happy to support a frontrunner like ESL. Their initiative to order two LNG-fuelled bulk carriers is another important milestone for making shipping more sustainable in northwest Europe.”

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