The bulk carrier HL Green received a special greeting when it arrived on its maiden voyage to Port Hedland, Western Australia on 6 January.
HL Green was the first liquified natural gas (LNG) fuelled vessel to berth at the Port of Port Hedland, as the maritime industry moves to reduce emissions from shipping operations.
HL Green is one of two 180,000 tonne bulk carriers that was built in Korea by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) and launched on 11 December 2020. The vessel is expected to make about 10 round trips a year between Korea and Australia.
The HL Green is distinguished from other bulk carriers in the port by the two LNG fuel tanks at the stern. The tanks each have a storage capacity of 1600 cubic metres.
According to HSHI, HL Green is designed to achieve a 99 per cent reduction in emissions of sulphur oxides and particulate matter, up to an 85 per cent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, and a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared to the levels of existing ships.
The HL Green Captain was presented with a plaque to commemorate the vessel’s maiden voyage and visit to Port Hedland.