The ships, named Yara Embla and Yara Froya after figures in Norse mythology, replace Yara Gas I and II. The new ships have double the loading capacity - 1800t each - of their predecessors and engines equipped with Yara emission reduction technology.
“We are extremely pleased to expand shipping capacity to deliver to all our customers from a broader variety of sources,” says Yara CEO and President Jørgen Ole Haslestad, who attended
a commissioning ceremony for the two ships at Teesport Commerce Park, in England, on April 10. “I welcome these two ladies to the Yara family and look forward to them supporting flexible and reliable delivery and back-up for the continued growth of Business Unit CO2.”
"The investment in ships with a much greater storage capacity demonstrates our ambition to continue growing the CO2 business in the years to come," says Wiebe Buist, Head of Business Unit (BU) CO2. “This means even more CO2 can be delivered - in time - to demanding customers who rely on it.”
Yara Froya entered into service in mid-March and Yara Embla a month later, while Yara Gas III will continue to serve. The three ships connect Yara's eight liquid CO2 plants and seven terminals and serve as additional mobile back-up storage. As a whole, this supply system provides unrivaled supply reliability to CO2 customers across western Europe.
Yara liquid CO2 is the recovered co-product of existing industrial activities and so is an environmentally conscious solution for clients. Yara is Europe's No.1 producer and No.3 retailer of liquid CO2. Yara CO2 serves applications in the beverage business (carbonation), food business (chilling, freezing), air catering (cold chain assurance) and greenhouse businesses.
“CO2 is fairly small but important business for us. Being a major European player in this market that touches so many daily lives is important,” says Haslestad.
“This is a business with peaks and seasonality, especially around the summer. Customers are medium, large and multinational corporations whose processes rely on continuous, just-in-time deliveries - some receive Yara CO2 several times a day. So supply reliability is clearly an important part of our value proposition - and a unique supply concept is the key enabler and differentiator,” says Wiebe.
These dedicated ships make Yara's supply concept special, transporting liquefied CO2 between production plant terminals depending on market and customer needs. The ships serve a dual role.
"First and most obviously, they are a bulk transport means, connecting production sites in Sluiskil, Porsgrunn, Fredericia, Dormagen and Wilton to terminals in Hamburg, Montoir, Billingham and on the Thames," says Colin Trundley, Director of Operations, BU CO2.
"Second, their additional storage ensures back-up supply in case of production outages at Yara plants. This is also a key competitive edge as it enables Yara to win new business - by supplying large quantities of CO2 in the case of market outages, and to meet seasonal demand spikes,” he adds.
Environmentally friendly: NOx emissions reduced by 80%
The ships are also far environmentally friendlier than their predecessors, with NOx emissions reduced by 80 percent and specific fuel consumption (liters bunker per ton shipped) by 48.
"This is a great demonstration of Yara know-how. By retrofitting both new ships with Yarwil's NOx reduction SCR technology, we improve air quality at sea and in the harbors where we have our terminals," Colin says. "Yara is a clear industry shaper here - our ships have much lower NOx emissions than required. International legislation will not require new ships in selected areas to be equipped with SCR until 2016."
“Equipping the ships with SCR technology shows our contribution to supporting environmental protection,” adds Haslestad.
The ships are expected to provide many years of robust and flexible supply to Yara's many CO2 customers - and continue to differentiate Yara from the competition.