Wijnne Barends, UPM christen second LNG-powered vessel in Amsterdam

Shipping firm Wijnne Barends, an affiliate of the Dutch Spliethoff Group, and Finland’s UPM have christened the second out of four LNG-powered short-sea cargo vessels in the port of Amsterdam.

The christening ceremony for the vessel named Lady Mathilde took place on Saturday.

“She is the second of four new vessels, with a deadweight capacity above 5,800 tons, dual-fuel, and designed to meet all current environmental requirements,” Wijne Barends said in a social media post.

Wijnne Barends ordered four LNG-powered vessels at China’s Wuhu in 2020.

It took delivery of the 115 meters long Lady Marie Christine, first vessel in these series, in January this year.

China’s Wuhu recently delivered the third vessel, Lady Menna, while Lady Monique should join the fleet later this year as well.

Wijnne Barends christens second LNG-powered vessel in Amsterdam
Lady Menna fully loaded with windmill blades on its way to Europe (Image: Wijnne Barends)

All of these ships will go on charter to Finland’s UPM to transport all kind of paper-related materials.

UPM says that using LNG would enable the company to slash emissions. The firm aims to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of its supply chain by 30 percent by 2030.

Finland’s Wartsila provided LNG propulsion and also storage systems for the four ships as part of a deal signed in December 2020.

The vessels have a Wartsila 34DF dual-fuel main engine and a Wartsila LNGPac system that Wuhu installed below deck.

Also, the lift-on, lift-off vessels will be Finnish/Swedish ice-class 1A classified.

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