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Bothnia Bulk project achieves pollution reduction with LNG

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According to ESL Shipping, the Bothnia Bulk project has mitigated climate change and air pollution in the year-round supply of raw materials in the Bay of Bothnia.

Total CO2 emissions per transport work have reportedly been reduced by up to 50% compared with conventional vessels in operation. Other harmful air emissions (SOX, NOX, and PM) have also been reduced significantly.

These results were 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 vessel’s LNG technology and infrastructure enable the usage of fossil-free biogas as ship fuel which further reduce air emissions. In addition, the project established on-shore power supply and improved the efficiency of 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 two LNG-fuelled bulk carriers, as well as an LNG refuelling truck.

In its statement, ESL Shipping described the project as 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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