LNG Fueled Car Freighter Begins Service for Volkswagen Group
For the first time vehicles from Europe will be transported from Europe to North and Central America on a car freighter powered by LNG.
On Tuesday evening the Siem Confucius left Emden, Germany for Veracruz, Mexico. The vessel is carrying more than 4,800 Volkswagen vehicles.
"We are proud to put the world's first LNG vehicle transporter of this size into service. This is an important part of our decarbonization strategy," said Thomas Zernechel, Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics.
Like her sister ship, Siem Aristotle, which is expected to enter service this year, the Siem Confucius, is 200 meters long and 38 meters wide. The ship has 13 car decks and a capacity of 7,500 CEU (Car Equivalent Units) which corresponds to around 4,800 vehicles. The ships are powered by 12,600 kW dual-fuel marine engines with direct injection and exhaust gas after treatment from MAN Energy Solutions. In eco-speed mode they travel at a speed of 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h).