The “eco-friendly” pair will replace two of overall nine car carriers the car maker uses for the transport of vehicles from Europe to North America.
Siem Confucius, the first of the two units, is set to enter the service in January 2020, following its delivery from Xiamen Shipbuilding.
The second ship, Siem Aristotle, is scheduled for delivery later in 2020.
Volkswagen commissioned the construction of the ships in 2015 and signed a contract with shipping company Siem Car Carriers. Construction of the new LNG ships began in 2018.
The 200-meter car carriers feature 13 car decks and a capacity to transport 4,700 vehicles, according to Volkswagen.
“We are entering new territory here with a goal to reduce our emissions. Both vessels are the world’s first LNG-powered overseas car carriers,” Thomas Zernechel, Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics, commented.
Every year, Volkswagen Group Logistics organizes, coordinates and is responsible for a total of 7,700 ship departures worldwide. Every year they ship 2.8 million new cars. In addition, there are 250,000 container loads on ships which are used to transport assembly and spare parts.