Diverse times | Volkswagen Group Logistics orders four new LNG-powered car transporters from a Chinese shipyard
Volkswagen Group Logistics announced on Wednesday (July 14) that it had ordered four more ships with dual-fuel engines that can run on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The ships will travel the world’s oceans by the end of 2023 and serve the North American route between Emden in Germany and Veracruz in Mexico. On the return journey, the LNG-powered ships transport new vehicles for Europe.
Soon six of the nine car transporters crossing the North Atlantic for Volkswagen will be powered by LNG.
“In line with the Group’s commitment to e-mobility and climate-neutral production, the LNG fleet used by Logistics makes a significant contribution to making Volkswagen net CO2-neutral by 2050,” says Simon Motter, Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics.
The group already operates two car transporters with biofuel, which is made from vegetable residues such as waste oil from the food industry. This leads to a reduction in CO. led by 85%2 Emissions (well-to-wake).
Simon Motter says: “With these four more LNG ships, Group Logistics is continuing its commitment to climate protection and is pursuing the strategy of low-emission sea transport that was adopted in 2016.”
“In the future, the new ships will also enable the use of non-fossil fuels and thus reduce CO2 Emissions even further. Our goal is to make all of our transports – by water, road and rail – environmentally friendly and to demonstrate the Volkswagen Group’s pioneering role in climate-friendly logistics. “
Exclusive long-term contracts for the use of the four new car transporters on the North Atlantic route have been signed with the shipping companies Wallenius Marine and the SFL Corporation.
The liquefied gas-powered car transporters do not need to be converted to run on alternative non-fossil bunker fuels such as biogas, e-gas from renewable sources and biodiesel.
Photo credits: Volkswagen Group Logistics
Published: July 16, 2021