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12.12.2018 //
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Kari Martiala
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ESL SHIPPING

Viikki is investing in low emissions

ESL Shipping’s next-generation bulk carrier ship, known as Viikki, began operating in the Baltic Sea in mid-November when she brought her first load to the Port of Helsinki.

“In the future, we will call in Helsinki fairly regularly. However, in the near future, we will be operating mainly in the Gulf of Bothnia,” says Mikki Koskinen, Managing Director of ESL Shipping.

Viikki, like her sister vessel Haaga, is the world’s lowest-emission bulk carrier ship.
The 160-metre, 25,600 DWT vessel runs on liquefied natural gas, producing over 50 per cent less carbon dioxide than previous-generation vessels. 

Viikki is full of new technologies, and one of the most important of these is the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the ship’s main engine, three auxiliary engines and the heating boiler. The ship already meets the 2025 environmental requirements.

“We are well aware of the debate surrounding the environmental issues in the maritime sector. The process to design Viikki and her sister vessel Haaga began five years ago. These ships incorporate everything that is currently possible in terms of environmental efficiency,” Koskinen says.