The record breaking Baltic Enabler completes first rotation
Wallenius-Sols’ Baltic Enabler, a ConRo vessel, which is also the world’s largest ice-rated ConRo vessel with multi-fuel operation, has arrived in Europe and has begun operating on its route, alongside its sister, the Botania Enabler. On Thursday, the Baltic Enabler reached the last port of call on its first rotation, Antwerp’s Europort.
The ship’s maiden voyage from the shipyard in China where it was built, to Europe, ended on August 18th, when the Baltic Enabler passed the Wandelaar pilot station on its way into the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium, its first European call. Since August 25th, both Enabler ships have been in service.
The Baltic Enabler ConRo ship is a 1A Super Ice class, measuring 242 metres in length and 35.2 metres in width. With a deadweight of 28,000 tonnes, this newbuild ship has a cargo capacity of 6,442 Lane metres, 960 TEU. The Multi-fuel (LNG, LBG, diesel and synthetic diesel) engines allow the ship to reach a max speed of 20 knots. Both Enablers received the highest possible green classification, which was a goal during the ship’s design process.
Ragnar Johansson, Managing Director WALLENIUS SOL. stated: “Having both ships in regular traffic is an important milestone for us and for our customers. This means we now have a capacity of 962 TEU on the Zeebrugge- Antwerp- Kokkola- Oulu- Kemi- Skellefteå- Travemünde route. Every week.”
Ragnar Johansson, adds: “Because many of our customers base their entire operation on the green transition, we must match them. These vessels enable us to do so. The Enabler vessels emit 63 per cent fewer greenhouse gases and substantially less NOx (96 per cent), SOx (99 percent) and particulates (99 percent) than older vessels.”