Press release



Two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered sea vessels will be named on Teesside today. Operated by shipowner Anthony Veder, the new ships will carry Liquefied Ethylene Gas (LEG) from SABIC’s Wilton facility on Teesside to manufacturing plants in North-West Europe and Scandinavia. The chemicals will be used to make a range of everyday items such as food packaging, PVC, detergents and adhesives.

The state of the art ships will drastically cut both sulphur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions compared to the vessels they are replacing. Switching to alternative fuels for ships, such as LNG, instead of traditional fuel oils is one of the solutions identified by Anthony Veder to help SABIC further improve its environmental performance.

“As a responsible global company, SABIC is committed to providing high-quality products to its customers while doing all it reasonably can in order to reduce the environmental impact of its operations,” said SABIC’s European Supply Chain Director of Chemicals Wouter Vermijs while attending the naming ceremony. “We are proud to be the first chemical company in the world to be transporting our products on carriers running on LNG and to have an innovative partner in Anthony Veder.”

The new ships, with a cargo capacity of 4,768 m³, will reduce NOx emissions by over 85%, with SOx and soot particles reduced by nearly 100% and CO2 by 20%. The cost of the vessels additional LNG investment has been partly funded from the European Union’s TEN-T programme, which seeks to ensure Europe has a well-run transport infrastructure in order to maintain the continent’s competitiveness and wealth.

“We are delighted that SABIC has chosen Anthony Veder as its partner in the development of a new greener way to transport materials around the globe. By demonstrating their commitment to using LNG powered vessels, SABIC and Anthony Veder are leading and embracing this cutting-edge technology. They could be at the forefront of opening up a whole new sector of sea-going transport”, said Anthony Veder CEO Jan Valkier.

The vessels were officially named by Mrs. A. Beck-Kruisinga and Mrs. A. Ruigt-Weijman as partners of SABIC-managers at the ceremony attended by an enthusiastic group of SABIC and Anthony Veder customers and representatives, Chinese shipyard Officials, EU Officials and the complete Tees Shipping community and Press.

“We are delighted to welcome the Coral Star and Coral Sticho into Teesport. The arrival of these industry leading LNG fuelled vessels on Teesside demonstrates a significant commitment by SABIC to the industry and ultimately the River Tees”, said Jerry Hopkinson, Managing Director at ports operator PD Ports.

“We have a world leading chemical site in this region, which plays a vital role in the supply and distribution chain of one of Europe’s largest process clusters and today showcases SABIC’s commitment to sustaining these relationships long term,” Jerry continued.

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ABOUT Anthony Veder
Anthony Veder Group was established in 1937 as a ship-owner and port agent. Ever since acquiring its first gas tanker in 1969, the company has been involved in gas shipping. As an integrated shipping company, it aims to develop long-term customer relationships by offering a safe, reliable and flexible service through a wide range of high quality gas carriers. The group is involved in all segments of the gas market, from CO2 to ethylene and from LPG to LNG. Furthermore, it provides comprehensive and efficient technical and commercial ship management services to third parties.

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.
SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 18 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India, China and South Korea. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide.

Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries. SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.

SABIC Media contact

Claudia Hammerich
SABIC Europe B.V.
The Netherlands
T +31 (0)46 722 2275

Anthony Veder Media contact

Jan Valkier
Anthony Veder Group N.V.
The Netherlands
T + 31 (0) 10 400 4800

Roos Hunsche
SABIC Europe B.V
The Netherlands
T +31 (0)46 722 2439

Press Agency contact
James Page
United Kingdom
T +44 207 067 0206

European Union

This project is a European Union co-financed project under the TEN-T program