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XIAMEN: March 22, 2018. Volkswagen Group Logistics, Siem Car Carriers and the Xiamen Shipbuilding yard have celebrated the ‘steel cutting’ start of two LNG-powered vessels for the car manufacturer.

From 2019 Siem Car Carriers will operate the two ships, with a capacity for 6,500 units each, between Europe and North America and replace two of the nine ships powered by heavy fuel oil that currently make up the Volkswagen fleet.

VW steel cuttingMarkus Lange, head of Vehicle Logistics said: “Greater sustainability in logistics is a key issue for us. The use of two LNG ships for transporting vehicles is a major step forward that we can only take together with our strong partners.”

Compared with conventional vessels, the LNG vessels will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 25 percent, NOX (nitrogen oxides) by up to 30 percent, particulates by up to 60 percent and sulfur oxides by as much as 100 percent. At the same time they will be able to complete the round trip between Europe and North America without refueling.

The use of LNG-powered ships and trucks is part of a VW Logistics initiative to create a sustainable supply chain by optimizing material and vehicle transport processes for the most efficient use of capacity. “This is an important task when it comes to avoiding empty journeys,” says Matthias Biedenkopf, head of Transport Network for Group Logistics. “We don’t want to transport air.”

In 2016 VW Logistics managed a supply chain that produced 74.5 million cubic meters of production materials and 5.2 million vehicles of which 2.5 million shipped by sea in 8,700 consignments.

The organization is responsible for the cross-brand planning and management of material and vehicle logistics processes within a network of about 8,500 suppliers, 69 components plants, 72 vehicle plants and 153 sales markets worldwide.

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