Shipping firm Hamburg Sud and its Swedish customer Electrolux have teamed up to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions in ports when carrying the latter’s cargo.
They have arranged for the containership Santa Catarina to consume marine gas oil (MGO) instead of heavy fuel oil (HFO) for its auxiliary engines and boilers during layovers in Manzanillo (Mexico), Callao (Peru), Iquique and Puerto Angamos (Chile) between 11 to 24 March, 2018.
Sulphur dioxide emissions for the Electrolux cargo was decrease by over 95% during the project financed by both companies.
While Electrolux is bearing the additional costs for the MGO, Hamburg Sud is assuming the extra operative expenses related to planning and switching fuels.
“When it comes to sustainability, reducing emissions in the interest of environmental protection plays an important role for Hamburg Sud,” says Dr. Arnt Vespermann, CEO of Hamburg Sud.
“With this project, we are showing at the same time that Hamburg Sud is employing innovative solutions to meet the unique desires of our customers, in collaboration with them.”
The Vice President of Global Logistics at Electrolux notes that switching fuel from HFO to MGO is not mandatory at the above ports and the project is based out of concern for the environment.
“Sulphur dioxide emissions are a major environmental issue in some of the communities around port cities where we ship our products,” says Bjorn Vang Jensen.
“With this partnership, we are showing how the industry can move faster than legislation to improve the air quality in ports, and we hope more companies will get on board.
“This will support our ambition to improve the environmental footprint in the transportation chain, which is one of the goals in Electrolux sustainability strategy ‘For the Better’.”
Photo credit: Hamburg Sud
Published: 5 April, 2018
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