Volkswagen signs charter for four more LNG-powered car transporters
The Volkswagen Group has announced long-term charter contracts for four more LNG-powered car transporters.
The four new ships are scheduled to go into service by the end of 2023 and serve the North American route between Emden, Germany and Veracruz, Mexico. On the return trip, the ships transport new vehicles for Europe.
Volkswagen Group Logistics has concluded exclusive long-term charters for the ships with the shipping companies Wallenius Marine and SFL Corporation. The state-of-the-art ships being built in China will each have a capacity of around 7,000 CEU (car equivalent units), which corresponds to between 4,400 and 4,700 vehicles. The ships are powered by 13,300 kW dual-fuel engines from MAN Energy Solutions and can reach speeds of 15 to 16 knots (28 to 30 km / h) in eco-speed mode.
The four ships will join two LNG-powered ships that went into operation exclusively for the Volkswagen Group in 2020. With four other ships, six of the nine car transporters crossing the North Atlantic for Volkswagen are operated with LNG.
According to the company, the use of LNG as marine fuel will help to reduce the CO2 emissions of the ships from the tank to the awake state by up to 25 percent. The use of LNG not only reduces CO2 emissions, it also reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 30 percent, soot particles by up to 60 percent and sulfur oxides by up to 100 percent.
“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.
“With these four other 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. The new ships will also enable the use of non-fossil fuels in the future, which will further reduce CO2 emissions. 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, ”said Motter.
The Chinese shipbuilder CIMC Raffles announced that it has received shipbuilding orders from Wallenius for up to six dual-fuel LNG car transporters.