The JIP Bothnia Bulk commits to upgrade the existing maritime link between the ports of Luleå, Raahe and Oxelösund, in the Baltic Sea. The main objectives are to a) establish an energy-efficient, low-emission supply of dry bulk cargo available year-round in the peripheral region of the Baltic Sea and b) to increase efficiency of maritime operations which will reduce CO2 emissions as well as overall logistics costs.
The JIP participants contribute to significant positive effects on the environment by optimizing raw material logistics where a total CO2 emissions per ton of transported cargo will be reduced by more than 50% in comparison to present operation. The emissions (sulphur, nitrogen and carbon oxides as well as particles) are reduced. This when running the new vessels using Liquid Natural Gas, by implementing additional energy efficiency measures on board as well as by increasing efficiency of the port operations as well as implementing of shore-side electricity. The JIP contributes to combating climate change and air pollution even beyond the existing regulations and it increases the demand for, and deployment of, LNG bunkering infrastructure in the Gulf of Bothnia.
The JIP Bothnia Bulk is co-financed by the European Union's Connecting Europe Facility, and is part of the ZVT, which is a collaboration method and project platform for a safer, more climate, environmentally and energy efficient transport by sea. Within the ZVT representatives from the industry, academy, agencies and administrations meet to share experiences and find common, workable and sustainable solutions. Today there are 22 ongoing Joint Industry or University Projects that comprise 160 organisations, in 10 countries, that share information and work towards the vision zero.
In this particular JIP the participants; ESL Shipping, Port of Raahe, SSAB, Raahen Voima, Port of Luleå and Port of Oxelösund, ensures efficient transport of raw material in Sweden and Finland. The Bay of Bothnia area provides steel supply to the processing and manufacturing industries throughout Europe and delivers end-products worldwide. ESL Shipping’s new, ice-classed ships will be the first LNG-fuelled large bulk carriers in the world, representing the latest in technology and innovation. ESL Shipping Ltd and the steel company SSAB have a long-term agreement covering SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transports within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea.