ESL Shipping, carrier of dry bulk cargoes in the Baltic region, has announced that its vessel Viikki was fuelled in Raahe, Finland with 100 per cent renewable liquefied biogas (LBG) to transport iron ore for the Swedish steel company SSAB.
This marks the first time using 100 per cent renewable LBG is used in maritime transport in Finland. LBG reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85 per cent compared to fossil fuels. The biogas was supplied by Nordic gas sector and energy market expert Gasum.
“This marks another milestone in our long continuum of sustainability-related investments and actions of recent years. ESL Shipping is committed to reducing emissions, and we believe that the ambitious targets set by our industry, 50 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050, can only be reached by using a wide range of alternative fuels. We have been doing long-term environmental work together with SSAB for years and now we are taking a new, significant step towards fossil-free maritime transport,” said Mikki Koskinen, managing director of ESL Shipping.