Austrian headquartered Borealis, a provider of advanced and sustainable polyolefins solutions and a European front-runner in polyolefins recycling, and IINO Kauin Kaisha, Ltd. (IINO Lines), a leader in maritime transportation headquartered in Japan, announce the long-term charter of a very large gas carrier (VLGC).

This Ice Class IB VLGC vessel will be delivered in the first quarter of 2027, as Borealis informs.

With a cargo tank capacity of 93,000 m3, the vessel will transport raw materials to Borealis’ petrochemical plant in Porvoo, Finland, and will contribute to the stable operations of the plant as the world’s only ice-strengthened VLGC of Ice Class IB.

The Ice Class IB certification is awarded to vessels capable of navigating in light ice conditions with the support of icebreakers, adhering to the Finnish-Swedish Ice Class Rules which rules encompass the specific requirements for vessels navigating the Baltic Sea during the winter season.

The new vessel can be powered by both liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and low sulphur to fuels its dual-fuel engine. The vessel is the largest VLGC and equipped with a Shaft Generator Motor (SGM) System for electrical power generation from LPG dual fuel. This results in a significant reduction in both fuel consumption and common air pollutants from ships, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx), carbon dioxide (CO2), and particulate matter. Furthermore, the implementation of an onshore power supply system enables the vessel to be powered by shore-side renewable electricity while anchored in port, further reducing its carbon footprint.

Thomas Van De Velde, Borealis Senior Vice President Base Chemicals and Energy, says that “Maximizing opportunities to enhance our independence and flexibility in transporting cost-competitive light feedstock from overseas to our European base chemicals operations is paramount for our competitiveness to provide sustainable base chemicals and polyolefins solutions. The newly signed charter affords us not only competitive flexibility but also aids in reducing the environmental footprint of our transportation operations. This aligns with our strategic Energy & Climate ambitions, demonstrating our commitment to reinventing essentials for sustainable living.”

Ryuichi Osonoe, IINO Lines Senior Managing Executive Officer, Management of Gas Carrier, says that “We IINO Lines, are profoundly proud of this second long-term charter to provide safe and flexible transportation in response to Borealis’ new strategy of raw material procurement. Our various experience and know-how in operating LPG Carrier since 1960 will not only enable more effective and environmentally sustainable transportation, but also stable plant operation regardless season. We are looking forward to seeing her crossing ice sea to safely deliver LPG to Porvoo.”

Source: Borealis