They each measure 200 meters in length and 38 meters in width,
and have space for nearly 4,700 vehicles. As well as for gas tanks with a
capacity of 1,800 cubic meters. The Siem Confucius and Siem Aristotle are
the first ocean freighters in the world to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
And so as not to lose any cargo capacity, the two vessels are six meters wider
With this order, Volkswagen is revolutionizing vehicle transport in
collaboration with Siem Car Carriers, Xiamen Shipbuilding and MAN Energy
Solutions, and so making a significant contribution to the Maritime Energy
Transition. “It sends a strong signal to the market,” says Mikael Adler, Head
of Asia in SBU-E. “This step is very important for us, because it shows the
world that we have this clean technology at
Each vessel is equipped with MAN B&W S60ME-GI two-stroke engines with 12,600 kW
of power and direct injection, as well as exhaust gas treatment to further
reduce emissions. Each main engine is supported by two 9L28/32DF and a
7L28/32DF dual-fuel auxiliary engine
It sends a strong
signal to the market.
The LNG engines can cut carbon emissions by up to 25 percent and
sulfur oxide emissions by up to 100 percent per vessel. This is crucial
for global sea transport in view of the fact that the IMO, the United Nations’
shipping body, has stipulated that carbon emissions must be reduced by at least
40 percent by 2030.
LNG is just the first step towards decarbonization of the maritime
economy. “In the long term, we need synthetic fuels that are completely carbon
neutral,” says Adler. “We see huge potential in Power-to-X technology, which
enables fully carbon-neutral natural gas to be produced from renewable
energies. Any LNG-powered vessel can also run on synthetic natural gas, so the
Siem Confucius and Siem Aristotle are more than ready for a climate-neutral
vehicles and gas tanks with a
capacity of 1,800 cubic meters.
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