Port Waratah Coal Services has welcomed one of the first Liquefied Natural Gas-fuelled bulk carriers to the Hunter.

The ‘HL ECO’ arrived at the Kooragang Terminal on Monday, as the first port of the global eco-friendly vessel’s maiden voyage from Korea.

The vessel is one of two 180,000 tonne bulk carriers built in Korea and launched on December 11 last year.

CEO of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy says he’s pleased to welcome the eco-friendly vessel to Newcastle.

“The HL ECO marks an important milestone in the pursuit to reduce emissions in shipping and maritime exports,” said Mr du Plooy.

The vessel is expected to make about 10 round trips a year between Korea and Australia.