Sailors SocietyPort of South LouisianaTOC EventsTelestackViganThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Cleveland Cascades Ltd
  • Vigan
  • TOC Events
  • Telestack
  • Bühler GmbH
  • Port of Stockton

“World's most eco-friendly bulker” delivered to ESL

“World's most eco-friendly bulker” delivered to ESL

(Posted on 11/09/18)

Viikki, the world's most eco-friendly bulk carrier, has been delivered to Aspo Group's ESL Shipping from the Jinling shipyard in Nanjing, China. Viikki's sister ship Haaga was delivered on August 20. The 160-meter, LNG-fueled vessel of 25,600 dwt emits over 50 percent less carbon dioxide than the previous generation of vessels.

"Viikki and Haaga significantly reduce emissions from our customers' transportation chains, and this new vessel category increases the flexibility of deliveries. We are proud that this innovative and energy-efficient vessel sails under the Finnish flag", says Mikki Koskinen, Managing Director of ESL Shipping.

Like its sister ship Haaga, Viikki will first head from the shipyard to Japan, from where it will arrive fully laden at the Baltic Sea approximately at the end of October. The plan is that both vessels will travel to the Baltic Sea via the Northern Sea Route. This shortens the travel time by nearly three weeks compared to the route via the Panama Canal and, therefore, significantly reduces the environmental impact of the trip. The use of the Northern Sea Route reduces emissions by more than 40 percent compared with going through the Panama Canal. The Northern Sea Route can only be used for roughly two months in early fall when it is free of ice.

"These new, next-generation vessels are a good example of how Aspo as a responsible owner is aiming to help mitigate climate change. Their passage via the Northern Sea Route is a concrete indication of the impact of climate change - but also of new business opportunities. Only a handful of merchant vessels traveling the world's seas are ice-strengthened. All 50 ESL Shipping vessels are heavily ice-strengthened. What is more, we have excellent special expertise in operating in the arctic", says Aki Ojanen, CEO of Aspo Plc and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ESL Shipping.

This newbuilding project is part of the Bothnia Bulk project, partly funded by the EU. Its goal is to modernize the sea route between Luleå, Oxelösund and Raahe to be more eco-friendly. In addition, environmental emissions will decrease at port with the improved availability of shore-side electricity. The vessels have been designed by Deltamarin in Finland, and European equipment suppliers have provided roughly 60 percent of all vessel systems.

Latest News

North posts solid renewal results

(Posted on 24/02/21)

North P&I Club has reported continuing growth in its diversified business lines and solid progress... Read more


Britannia P&I launches B Korea

(Posted on 24/02/21)

Britannia P&I will officially launch B Korea P&I Correspondent Co., Ltd. (‘B Korea&rsquo... Read more


Fleet to be part of climate change solution

(Posted on 22/02/21)

To embed action on environmental sustainability and biodiversity, Fleet Management (FLEET) has teamed... Read more


Windsor Salt and CSL partner on self-unloading ship

(Posted on 17/02/21)

K+S Windsor Salt Ltd. (“Windsor Salt”) and Canada Steamship Lines (“CSL”), a... Read more


MAJ warns of potential seafarer shortages

(Posted on 17/02/21)

The global crew change crisis could lead to a shortage of seafarers if exhausted crew choose to leave... Read more


IOMSR first to broadcast mass to crew at sea

(Posted on 17/02/21)

The Isle of Man Ship Registry has become the first flag state to broadcast a mass direct to crew aboard... Read more


NORDEN celebrates 150th anniversary

(Posted on 11/02/21)

Today, NORDEN celebrates its 150th anniversary, being one of the world’s oldest international... Read more


ABB software helps ships improve efficiency

(Posted on 10/02/21)

Digital technologies, including AI, data integration and analytics solutions, are expected to transform... Read more


MENAS and Inchcape reach strategic Mideast agreement

(Posted on 10/02/21)

The Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS) has taken a huge step forward in its effort to ensure... Read more


New U-Ming delivery protected by Nippon Paint

(Posted on 04/02/21)

Grand Wisdom, the second Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) to join the U-Ming Marine Transport fleet, has... Read more


Bühler GmbHCimbriaCleveland Cascades LtdPort of StocktonPort of Vancouver USATBA Group
  • Sailors Society
  • TBA Group

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping