International German-based transportation company Hapag-Lloyd, in its half-year (H1) financial report for 2018, says it is preparing two pilot projects as part of plans to get ready for the 0.5% sulphur cap from 2020.
“In the context of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) requirements from 2020 to reduce sulphur emissions, Hapag-Lloyd is currently preparing two pilot projects,” it notes.
“These include testing exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS/scrubbers) on two larger container ships and converting a large vessel in the Hapag-Lloyd fleet to liquid gas (LNG).”
The company, meanwhile, says it does not expect to further invest heavily in new ship systems until the end of 2019 due to the takeover of UASC’s container shipping activities.
Hapag-Lloyd, meanwhile, concluded H1 2018 with net loss of USD $122.3 million compared to net loss of $44.6 million in H1 2017.
Revenue during H1 2018 was USD $6.57 billion; about 34% more than revenue of USD $4.90 billion during H1 of the earlier year.
“The first half of 2018 was shaped by clearly increasing fuel costs, higher charter rates and a slower than expected recovery of freight rates,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.
“In response to that, we have implemented additional measures to recover these costs: we are critically reviewing the economic viability of our ship systems and are further optimising our terminal contracts, to gain additional relief on the cost side.”
The company’s reported average freight rate decreased to 1,020 USD/TEU in the first half of the year 2018, from 1,065 USD/TEU in H1 2017.
Bunker prices increased significantly to USD $ 385 per metric tonne (pmt) in the first six months 2018, higher than USD $312 pmt, which “mainly contributed to higher operational costs”, says the company.
“For the remainder of the year, we see a slow but steadily improving market environment, but we recognise that there are still significant geopolitical uncertainties that could influence the market,” continued Jansen.
“This only reinforces the necessity to be able to react quickly when needed – and we therefore will accelerate some of our digitalisation initiatives and finalise our new strategy until the end of this year.”
Photo credit: Hapag-Lloyd
Published: 13 August 2018
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