Container Operator BG Freight Line Launches Greenest Newbuild Vessels


Short-sea container feeder operator BG Freight Line has unveiled its greenest ships yet with four new lo-lo vessels that will help its customers significantly reduce their carbon emissions, reports AFLOAT.

Greenest Newbuild Vessels

The new ships will use a state-of-the-art scrubber to catch CO2 and sulfur particles, as well as having increased capacity for cargo which will result in a lower carbon footprint per container.

They are also equipped to handle methanol, allowing them to be powered by this sustainable fuel source as it becomes increasingly available in ports.

Named to reflect their striking colors, BG Green, BG Blue, BG Red, and BG Orange, the vessels are 170m long and can carry up to 1,380 containers – 300 more than the older ships in BG Freight Line’s fleet can carry.

Part of the Peel Ports Group, the UK’s second largest port operator, BG Freight Line’s new ships complement the Group’s ambition to become net-zero across its operations by 2040.

With the ships servicing the container route between Liverpool and Rotterdam, BG Green is the first in operation, having made its maiden voyage from the Port of Liverpool on April 27, with the other vessels set to come into service later this year.

BG Freight Line provides logistics services in the UK, Ireland (see related N. America story), and Europe, including door-to-door and quay-to-quay shipping for all types of containerized cargo.

The new ships build on Peel Ports Group’s strong track record of investing in greener logistics. It has already reduced Scope 1 & Scope 2 emissions across its ports by a total of 32 percent, against its 2020 baseline.

In 2021, Peel Ports announced its commitment to becoming a net-zero port operator by 2040, ten years ahead of the UK Government’s target, making it the first UK port operator to declare such ambitious decarbonization plans.

As well as coinciding with Peel Ports’ aim of reaching net zero by 2040, the new ships help deliver on the International Marine Organization’s (IMO) target of reducing total emissions from international shipping by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008, with the IMO encouraging operators and shipping companies to utilize innovative technologies.

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Source: AFLOAT


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