Anglo American hits 10-strong chartered fleet of low-emissions capesizes

Anglo American on Wednesday said it now has a 10-strong chartered fleet of lower emission liquefied natural gas dual-fuelled vessels, with its latest addition, which is named Ubuntu Liberty.

The London-based mining company Anglo American has taken delivery of its final chartered Capesize+ liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fuelled bulk carrier, the Ubuntu Liberty.

The Ubuntu Liberty’s maiden voyage from China to Saldanha Bay, South Africa to collect a cargo of iron ore will mark the on-time delivery of all 10 ships built over the last three years in partnership with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

Matt Walker, chief executive of Anglo American’s Marketing business, said: “The launch of the final vessel of our Ubuntu fleet is a very large manifestation of our commitment to more sustainable shipping.”

Walker also highlighted how using LNG as a fuel option can contribute to a cleaner maritime industry.

“Our customers have shown keen interest in our Ubuntu freight, recognizing the value of sustainable shipping as part of a more sustainable supply chain,” he said.

Anglo American hits 10-strong chartered fleet of low-emissions capesizes

The so-called Ubuntu fleet has moved 6.4 million tonnes of iron ore and steelmaking coal across global shipping routes.

Additionally, the fleet has conducted over 30 refuelling stops for LNG in strategic locations such as Singapore and Malaysia.

Anglo American aims to become carbon neutral for its controlled ocean freight by 2040, aligning with its Sustainable Mining Plan commitment to carbon neutral operations across its mines by the same year.

The LNG dual-fuelled vessels are estimated to offer a 35% reduction in emissions compared to ships powered by conventional marine oil fuel and are currently the most efficient of their type, as Anglo American explains.