HL ECO (IMO 9869332) arrived at the Kooragang Terminal at the Port of Newcastle on 11 January on its maiden voyage.

HL Eco is the first LNG-fuelled vessel is one of two 180,000-deadweight-tonne bulk carriers built in South Korea and launched on 11 December of last year. Its sister ship, HL Green arrived in Port Hedland last week.

HL Eco is equipped with two of the world’s largest Type C LNG fuel tanks, each with a storage capacity of 1600 cubic metres. The vessel sets a new standard for eco-design as the maritime industry moves to reduce emissions from shipping operations.

Port Waratah Coal Services CEO Hennie du Plooy welcomed the eco-friendly vessel to Newcastle.

“The HL Eco marks an important milestone in the pursuit to reduce emissions in shipping and maritime exports,” Mr du Plooy said.

“We welcome the HL Eco and crew to Port Waratah and congratulate them on the success of their maiden voyage.”

The LNG fuel design reportedly reduces 99% of sulphur oxides and particulate matter, up to 85% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, and a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared to the levels of current bulk-carrier vessels.

The vessel is expected to make about 10 round trips a year between South Korea and Australia.

It is flagged in Panama, is 292 metres in length, 45 metres in widths and has an average draught of 9.4 metres.