STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE AUGUST 20, 2018 at 10 a.m.
World's most eco-friendly bulk carrier delivered to Aspo's ESL Shipping
The next-generation bulk carrier Haaga has today been delivered to ESL Shipping from Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing, China. ESL Shipping is part of the Aspo Group. The 160-meter, 25,600 dwt, LNG-fueled vessel generates less than 50% of the carbon dioxide emissions of the previous generation of vessels. The vessel can also be fueled by completely carbon-free biogas, once the availability of carbon-free biogas improves over time.
The vessel incorporates several innovative solutions to reduce its environmental footprint by minimizing its energy consumption and emissions. The shipping company and MacGregor, which is part of Cargotec, have developed the world's first autonomous cargo processing solution for the vessel to further improve safety and efficiency.
The vessel will have raw material cargo while arriving from Japan to the Baltic Sea, where the vessel is currently scheduled to arrive in mid-September.
"Our new vessels have met with an excellent reception among our customers. Every employee of our shipping company should be genuinely proud of what we have achieved during our new construction project", says Mikki Koskinen, Managing Director of ESL Shipping.
The completion of the new vessels will have a positive effect on the shipping company's profitability and competitiveness.
"This investment of around EUR 60 million is significant for a company of Aspo's size. It's also an excellent example of our responsible ownership, as environmental responsibility involves considering future generations, too. The design and construction of the new vessels were completed as planned. The vessels will considerably increase ESL Shipping's capacity, in addition to improving its profitability", says Aki Ojanen, CEO of Aspo Plc and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ESL Shipping.
This new construction 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.
Read more about the new vessels on ESL Shipping's special site at https://www.eslshipping.com/newbuildings.
For more information, please contact:
Aki Ojanen, CEO of Aspo Plc, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ESL Shipping,
tel. +358 400 106 592, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mikki Koskinen, Managing Director, ESL Shipping Oy,
tel. +358 50 351 7791, email@example.com.
ESL Shipping is the leading dry bulk sea transport company operating in the Baltic Sea region. ESL Shipping secures raw material transportation for industry and energy production around the year, even under difficult weather conditions. The shipping company also offers special services related to loading and unloading large oceangoing vessels at sea. The shipping company's fleet consists of 19 vessels, of which it owns 14 in full. One vessel is time-chartered.
Aspo is a conglomerate that owns and develops businesses in Northern Europe and growth markets, focusing on demanding B2B customers. Our strong business brands - ESL Shipping, Leipurin, Telko and Kauko - aim to be the market leaders in their sectors. They are responsible for their own operations, customer relationships, and their development. Together they generate Aspo's goodwill. The Aspo Group's structure and business operations are developed continuously without any predefined schedule.