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Our ice-strengthened vessels are designed to operate in the demanding conditions of the Baltic Sea and Arctic areas.

Sustainable shipping solutions

Our ecosmart LNG-powered 25,000 dwt vessels Viikki and Haaga are the demonstration how we are able to achieve significant emissions reductions per cargo ton meeting already today IMO’s -50% target for 2050. The use of LNG combined to numerous other energy saving measures results over 50% less CO2-emissions compared to previous vessel generation.

Our whole fleet is able to use Neste's co-processed marine fuel, which will reduce lifecycle GHG-emissions up to 80%. In addition to biodiesel, Viikki and Haaga are able to use liquefied biogas (LBG) as well.

We also offer our customers possibility to introduce Virtual Arrival concept, which strives to optimise vessel’s speed during the passage and minimise the waiting time at the anchorage.

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Geared fleet

All of ESL Shipping’s vessels are equipped with three to four cargo cranes to make them independent of the loading and unloading services offered at ports. Each vessel has grabs and most of them bobcat for trimming. These features make port visits faster and operations more efficient.

In addition, ESL Shipping’s vessels have been designed so that they can work right next to another ship, even in challenging conditions enabling loading and unloading at sea.

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Transshipments at sea

We have performed ship-to-ship operations since 1981. Our vessels of 13,000-25,000 dwt are equipped with side-mounted cranes and have been designed so that they can work next to another ship, even in challenging conditions. They are all equipped with fenders and sufficiently tall and long-armed cranes to operate effectively and safely.

In addition, we have four 13,500 dwt barges, which can be used as lightering vessel when ocean carrier is equipped with cranes.

Large ocean carriers cannot take full cargo in many of the largest export ports in the Baltic Sea due to draft limitations. By using our efficient shuttle vessels you can maximise the intake and benefit from economies of scale. To further maximise the intake, we can also offer topping after Danish Straits in Skaw where no draft limits apply for mother vessel.

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Dry bulk and breakbulk shipments

We pride ourselves on our ability to handle a wide range of cargo types, including bulk commodities and break bulk shipments. Whether you need to transport iron ore, fertilizers, grain, dry biofuels, steel products, or sawn timber, we have you covered.

Together with our subsidiary AtoB@C Shipping, we have an extensive fleet of vessels ranging from 4,000 to 56,000 dwt providing our customers the flexibility to choose the perfect vessel size for their specific shipment requirements. 

All of our 13,000-56,000 dwt vessels are outfitted with cranes which enables efficient cargo handling regardless of shore equipment, allowing for quicker and more streamlined port visits. As a result, your operations become more efficient, saving you valuable time and resources.

We understand the importance of timely and secure deliveries, and our dedicated team works tirelessly to ensure your goods arrive at their destination promptly and in perfect condition.

Contact us today to discuss your specific cargo requirements and let us tailor a transportation solution that meets your needs.

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Project cargoes

With the support of our own supercargo personnel, our vessels are the perfect fit for project shipments. Handysize and Supramax vessels are all equipped with cranes enabling independent cargo handling regardless of the port facilities available. Our vessels are also capable to take cargo on deck.


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Thanks to the 110-metre long open hold, our 13,500 dwt pusherbarges are perfect for transporting large pieces such as long windmill blades. In addition, our barges are equipped with side ramp which enables easy access to the hold.

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Arctic shipments

Besides the Baltic Sea, our ice-class vessels are a perfect fit for the extreme north, such as eastern coast of United States and Canada. Arctic sea routes are normally only open from July to October, but our ice-strengthened vessels can also handle navigation during other times of the year.

Our 1A ice classed supramax-vessels Arkadia and Kumpula are regularly trading in Arctic areas and have valid Polar Code certificates. In recent years, both have successfully traded in the Canadian Arctic. In 2021 summer season, Kumpula completed two roundtrips to Asia via Northeast Passage.

Pasila has traded in Russian Arctic transporting project cargoes to LNG-terminal project in Yamal peninsula.

You can follow Haaga’s first commercial voyage through Northeast Passage here.

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We are at your service!

We are dedicated to providing exceptional service, and our experienced chartering team is here to assist you every step of the way. Feel free to reach out to us by sending an email to or by giving us a call. We look forward to serving you!

Mark Olesen Head of Handy Chartering Mobile: +46 70 9199 116
Urmas Sepp Chartering Manager Direct: +358 9 521 9911 Mobile: +358 40 837 7929
Petri Ylikangas Chartering Manager Direct: +358 9 521 9919 Mobile: +358 50 505 8575