Unifeeder launches the world’s first shortsea containership with a retrofitted LNG fuel system
The environment has always been a major factor when the European industry choses partners. At Unifeeder, we are proud of being front runners operating and testing the first retrofitted LNG container vessel in the world, says Shortsea Director Niels Kjaer-Richardt. The positive impact on the environment is significant.
Environmentally friendly solutions are asked for whenever we discuss annual contracts with our customers. Even though the technical solutions are not yet optimal, it is important that we search for all options in the market to support our customers, conclude Shortsea Director Niels Kjaer-Richardt.
The duel-fuelled, 1,000 teu Wes Amelie, owned by Germany’s Wessels Reederei and chartered by Unifeeder, will service multimodal shipments on the carrier’s shortsea routes between Rotterdam, the Baltics, and Poland.
According to Unifeeder, Europe’s largest feeder and shortsea operator, pollutant emissions are “drastically” reduced, as LNG-fuelled vessels provide a 99% cut in sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions, 90% fewer nitrogen oxides (NOx) and CO2 emissions are around 20% lower.
Unifeeder, the asset light logistics company, is one of Northern Europe’s leading feeder operators transporting containers from the large European container hubs in Belgium, The UK, Germany and the Netherlands to more than 35 regional ports across the UK, the Nordic Region, the Baltic States and Russia. Unifeeder’s feeder operations are complemented by its fast-growing door-to-door multimodal container transport business.
Unifeeder fleet consists of approx. 35 vessels which carry around 2m TEUs annually. It has approximately 350 employees in offices in Aarhus, Copenhagen, Drammen, Helsinki, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Gdynia, Stettin, Immingham, Tallinn and St Petersburg.
6 October 2017