Volkswagen to deploy Two liquefied natural gas car freighters

Volkswagen Group Logistics is the first company to use two car freighters powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) in overseas traffic. The two charter ships of Siem Car Carriers were launched last Friday in Xiamen, China.

Thomas Zernechel, Head of Group Logistics, commented on the ship’s strategic importance for Volkswagen Group’s vehicle logistics:

“We are entering a new field here to reduce emissions. Both ships are the first overseas car freighters in the world to be LNG-powered. In addition to the in-creasing use of LNG trucks, conversion of our many rail transports to green electricity and the use of biofuel in the short sea segment, the two new LNG ships represent an important building block for our strategic goal of climate-neutral logistics.

Christiane Eckert, Head of Strategy and Environment in Group Production, gave the ship its name with the formula: ” Dear ship, I name you SIEM CONFUCIUS, and may your first embrace with the sea be successful. May you always sail in calm seas with seven feet under the keel!” Eckert then named the second ship SIEM ARISTOTLE. “I am looking forward to the deployment of the first two LNG ships from next year, an important milestone for our production strategy ‘goTOzero’ with the goal of production and logistics not harming our environment,” Eckert said.

Both ships will replace two of the nine conventional heavy oil-powered cargo ships currently used by Group logistics on the Atlantic between Europe and North America. The SIEM CONFUCIUS will be integrated into this service from January 2020 after its transfer from Asia to Europe. The second ship will start operations in spring 2020 in the same area.

The LNG engines reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 25%, nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 30%, particulate matter by up to 60% and sulphur oxide emissions by up to 100% per ship.

Source / Further information : Volkswagen Group

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