The world’s largest car carrier powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) sailed on June 16 on its maiden voyage transporting vehicles for the Volkswagen Group from Europe to North and Central America.
“We are proud to put the world’s first LNG vehicle transporter of this size into service. This is an important part of our decarbonization strategy,” said Thomas Zernechel, Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics.
The Siem Confucius was delivered to her owners, Siem Car Carriers, in March 2020 before sailing from Xiamen, China on March 14 bound for Germany where she enters service under an exclusive charter to Volkswagen Group Logistics.
The vessel is 200 meters long, 38 meters wide with a maximum draft of 10 meters. It has a sailing speed of up to 19 nautical knots, but in eco-speed mode travels 16.5 knots.
Managed by Siem Ship Management, the Siem Confucius will be joined by a sister ship later in 2020. Both ships are powered by 12,600 kW dual-fuel marine engines with direct injection and exhaust gas after treatment from MAN Energy Solutions.
By 2025, under Volkswagen’s environmental mission statement “goTOzero”, the company aims to reduce its total net CO2 emissions by 30 percent and be get CO2-neutral in 2050. All transports – by water, road, and rail – must be climate-friendly to achieve this.
They estimate that the LNG drive will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 25 percent, nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 30 percent, soot particles by up to 60 percent, and sulfur oxide emissions by up to 100 percent
Source: The Maritime Executive
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