APL, a subsidiary of French container transportation and shipping CMA CGM, Thursday says it is targeting to reduce carbon dioxide emissions per TEU transported by 30% between 2015 and 2025 as a target set by its parent firm.
The target will be carried out by the deployment of fuel-efficient vessels, use of low-sulphur compliant fuel oil on its vessels and cold-ironing operations at ports.
It also plans to employ exhaust gas cleaning systems, or “scrubbers”, on some vessels and deploy liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled vessels according to plans of the Group; CMA CGM is taking delivery of nine new 22,000 TEU LNG-powered ships from 2020 onwards.
Meanwhile, APL noted a 50.7% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per transported container per kilometer in 2017, compared to its base level in 2009.
The Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) Environmental Performance Assessment (EPA) data was verified by Lloyd’s Register Group according to the CCWG verification protocol and principles of ISO14064-3:2006 standard.
“We are proud to raise the bar in reducing the carbon footprint of our fleet operations once again. APL’s concerted efforts to improve our environmental efficiency year after year underscore our commitment to a greener and more sustainable maritime industry,” said APL Global Head for Safety Security and Environment, Dennis Yee.
“Responsible environmental management is a cornerstone of APL’s operations and we will persevere in our pursuit for excellence in sustainable shipping.”
APL-operated vessels also recorded fuel savings of almost 5% in 2017, compared to a year ago.
The achievements were attributable to the firm approach in driving operational efficiencies, fleet and voyage optimisation, as well as the deployment of a fuel-efficient fleet of vessels.
Last year, APL saw ship bow modifications and retrofitting of propellers to vessels that aided in minimising wave resistance and improving propulsion efficiency respectively.
Coupled with route optimisation systems that have been installed onboard its vessel fleet, ship officers have been able make the most efficient navigational decisions using dynamic data captured in the systems.
Photo credit: APL
Published: 10 May, 2018
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