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Jul 14, 2021 11:18 PM by

The Maritime Govt

On the identical day because the European Fee’s announcement of its decarbonization plans for transport, together with the standing of LNG as a transition gas, German carmaker Volkswagen introduced that it’s chartering 4 extra newbuild LNG-powered automotive carriers. 

Every year, Volkswagen hundreds 2.8 million new vehicles on ro/ros for supply, utilizing chartered house on tons of of vessels making about 7,700 complete departures from ports all over the world. The corporate charters eleven automotive carriers for its personal full-time use.

When delivered and added to its present roster of two LNG-powered ro/ros, the vessels will make VW the primary automaker to move most of its abroad gross sales utilizing LNG, the corporate stated. All 4 needs to be in service by the top of 2023, and they are going to be deployed on its North American service for deliveries between Germany and Veracruz, Mexico (and factors between). On the return journey, the LNG-fueled ships will transport new autos destined for Europe. Their engines might be high-pressure injection fashions with no methane slip. 

“According to the Group’s dedication to e-mobility and climate-neutral manufacturing, the LNG fleet . . . represents a serious contribution to creating Volkswagen internet carbon impartial by 2050,” stated Simon Motter, Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics. “The brand new ships can even allow the usage of non-fossil fuels sooner or later, thus lowering CO2 emissions even additional.”

VW says that the change to LNG is per its local weather objectives. In Germany, the group has already switched all rail transport with Deutsche Bahn to inexperienced electrical energy, and it’s extending this to move all through Europe. On coastal routes, the group already operates two automotive carriers with biofuel produced from plant-based residues, together with waste oil from the meals trade. The corporate estimates that its biofuel-powered voyages yield an 85 % discount in CO2 emissions on a well-to-wake foundation.