Siem Automobile Carriers has positioned into operation of the second of two LNG-powered Pure Automobile and Truck Carriers (PCTCs) on constitution to Volkswagen.

The second vessel, Siem Aristotle, was delivered in October by Xiamen Shipbuilding in China and it’s now underway on her maiden voyage departing from Emden, Germany to North America with over 4,800 automobiles loaded. Previous to departure, the vessel loaded over 800 metric tonnes of Shell-supplied LNG gas from the LNG bunkering vessel Engie Zeebrugge.

Working completely for Volkswagen Group, the 7,500 CEU-capacity Siem Aristotle and sister vessel Siem Confucious, delivered March 2020, are the biggest of just a few automobile carriers to function utilizing liquified pure fuel. The vessels measure 200 meters lengthy and 38 meters vast with a most draft of 10 meters crusing velocity of as much as 19 nautical miles per hour.

The Siem Aristotle upon supply to Siem Automobile Carriers in October 2020. Photograph: Siem Ship Administration

The vessels are managed by SCC’s sister firm, Siem Ship Administration based mostly in Gdynia, Poland.

Siem Automobile Carriers says that by utilizing LNG gas, the ships can scale back carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 25%, nitrogen oxide emissions by as much as 30%, particulate matter by as much as 60% and sulphur oxide emissions by as much as 100%.

As a part of her maiden voyage, Siem Aristotle has already made calls at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Baltimore, Maryland and Vera Cruz, Mexico. 

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