“The tender marks a progressive shift for BHP and the broader mining and shipping industry and is a significant step toward lowering GHG emissions in the 1.5 billion tonne iron ore seaborne market.”

The International Maritime Organisation is cracking down on emissions from the world’s shipping sector.

From January this year, new regulations came into effect that drastically reduced the use of sulphur in fuel oil used on ships to curb the amount of harmful sulphur oxides being pumped into the air.

Ms Pant said LNG ships virtually eliminated sulphur oxides and other emissions including CO2 and nitrogen oxide would be reduced significantly.

“We expect the introduction of LNG-fuelled vessels will result in more than 30 per cent lower CO2-e emissions on a per voyage basis compared to conventional fuel along the Western Australia to China route.”

EPS chief executive Cyril Ducau said the shipbuilder was thrilled to work with BHP.

“BHP’s commitment to making a positive change for the industry resonated with our decarbonisation mission and our culture of environmental protection,” he said.

“When these vessels deliver in 2022, they will be the cleanest and most efficient in the entire dry bulk shipping fleet and will be IMO 2030 compliant, eight years ahead of schedule”

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