ESL Shipping subsidiary AtoB@C Shipping has taken delivery of Electramar, the first vessel of twelve highly energy-efficient plug-in hybrid vessels being built at the Indian shipbuilder Chowgule shipyard for their account.

As AtoB@C Shipping claims, these vessels reduce CO2 emissions by up to 50% compared to the present generation of vessels.

“Shore power connectivity and a large battery installation provide superior fuel efficiency, and the possibility to minimise noise and emissions while in port,” explains the company.

This type of vessels is optimised for a wide variety of bulk and breakbulk products.

Furthermore, thanks to the crew accommodation and the bridge at the bow, the vessels have a long unobstructed deck, which enables loading more deck cargo and longer project cargoes than present vessels in the fleet.

Mikki Koskinen, managing director of ESL Shipping and chairman of the board of AtoB@C Shipping, said: “We are proud to be at the forefront of green shipping with these innovative vessels that combine high efficiency, flexibility and sustainability. Electramar is the first of many vessels that will help us achieve our vision of being the most responsible and reliable partner for our customers and stakeholders.”

Frida Rowland, commercial director of AtoB@C Shipping, noted that “We have designed vessels that answer to the demand we foresee in our trading areas. Our customers’ need for a modern and sustainable fleet is increasing day by day and we are happy to respond to this demand with these vessels.”