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AtoB@C Shipping and Outokumpu target significant emission reductions from sea transports with the new voyage-based shortsea contract

AtoB@C Shipping, a subsidiary of Finnish ESL Shipping, and Outokumpu, the global leader in sustainable stainless steel, have signed a new contract covering an increased share of the import and export shipments from Outokumpu’s Tornio steel mill, located in Northern Finland. Through the contract, the companies target a significant reduction of carbon emissions from Outokumpu’s sea transports, which aligns with both companies' ambitious emission reduction targets for 2030.

AtoB@C Shipping’s new energy-efficient Green Coaster –hybrid vessels will play a key role in reducing emissions. New plug-in hybrid vessels are equipped with the latest technology and together with improved efficiency in Outokumpu’s supply chain they are estimated to reduce voyage emissions by 40% per transported cargo ton compared to the present vessel generation.

"We are delighted to continue our cooperation with Outokumpu and develop more sustainable shipping practices together. Our new Green Coasters demonstrate our commitment to reducing emissions at sea and meeting our client's expectations for greener shipping solutions", says Commercial Director Frida Rowland from AtoB@C Shipping & ESL Shipping.

"We are very happy to find a partner who has ability to help us in reducing shortsea shipping emissions on our journey to achieve our ambitious overall science-based target to reduce direct and indirect emissions by 42 % per ton of stainless steel by 2030 from 2016 baseline. This will also help us at one hand to follow tightening regulations from EU and IMO and on the other hand keep our costs in control”, says Category Manager Jyrki Sandelin from Outokumpu procurement – transport.

In addition, the companies plan to implement Virtual Arrival as a standard operational method whenever possible. Virtual Arrival allows ships to adjust their speed according to the availability of berths at the destination port without losing their place in the port line-up, thus reducing fuel consumption and emissions. On average, Virtual Arrival has reduced voyage emissions in AtoB@C Shipping’s traffic by 10% in the voyages it has been applied for.

For more information, please contact:
Frida Rowland
Commercial Director, AtoB@C Shipping & ESL Shipping
mob. +46 70 817 3620,

About AtoB@C Shipping
AtoB@C Shipping is an innovative shortsea operator transporting bulk and breakbulk cargoes for industrial clients. Our success is based on operational excellence and long-term client contracts which form the backbone of our operations. We operate a fleet of modern, well-maintained, multipurpose vessels in 4,000-6,000 dwt segments. Our whole fleet is ice-classed ensuring our ability to secure product and raw material transportation for our industrial clients all year around, even in difficult weather conditions. AtoB@C Shipping was founded in 2000 and has been part of ESL Shipping since 2018. Together the group has over 40 vessels with cargo capacity ranging from 4,000 to 56,000 dwt.