Maiden voyage of world’s first LNG-fuelled large bulk cargo vessel berths at Port Waratah

Port Waratah Coal Services welcomed the HL ECO, a LNG-fuelled bulk carrier, on Monday at the Kooragang Terminal, as the first port of the global eco-friendly vessel’s maiden voyage from Korea.

One of the first of its kind, the HL ECO is the first LNG-fuelled vessel to berth on the eastern Australian seaboard. The vessel is one of two 180,000 tonne bulk carriers built in Korea and launched on 11 December 2020. HL ECO’s sister ship the HL Green arrived in Port Hedland, WA, last Wednesday.

It is equipped with two of the world’s largest Type C LNG fuel tanks, each with a storage capacity of 1600m3. The vessel sets a new standard for eco-design as the maritime industry moves to reduce emissions from shipping operations.

CEO of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy was pleased to welcome the impressive eco-friendly vessel to Newcastle.

“The HL ECO marks an important milestone in the pursuit to reduce emissions in shipping and maritime exports,” said Mr du Plooy.

“We welcome the HL ECO and crew to Port Waratah and congratulate them on the success of their maiden voyage.”

The LNG fuel design reportedly reduces 99 per cent of sulphur oxides and particulate matter, up to 85 per cent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, and a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared to the levels of current bulk-carrier vessels.

It is expected to make about 10 round trips a year between Korea and Australia.