Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Another Container Freight Line Fights Ocean Shipping Pollution

Hamburg Sud Reveals its Green Credentials
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – The question of protection of the environment is uppermost in the minds of all branches of the ocean freight trade these days. We have recently referred to Shipping Emissions, Abatement and Trading (SEAaT), and the efforts of some of the major container carriers to clean up their act to accommodate the demands of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) MARPOL undertaking and the North American Emission Control Area that will become effective on 1st August this year. Now another freight and logistics group known mostly for their ocean carriage has announced their latest policy.

Hamburg Süd have indicated this week that it is pressing ahead vigorously with its commitment to environmental protection. The shipping group thus decided recently to set itself an objectively measurable environmental target. By 2020 Hamburg Süd is aiming to reduce the CO2e emissions of its owned and chartered container vessels per unit of transport capacity (TEUkm) by 26%. Besides carbon dioxide, the unit of measurement CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) takes account of other climate gases (e.g., methane) produced in the combustion process in line with their effect on the climate.

Hamburg Süd aims to reach this target by taking a variety of measures, such as investing in the energy efficiency of owned ships, increasing average vessel size, chartering in energy-efficient ships, accompanied by an improved and comprehensive environmental information system. Dr Ottmar Gast, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, explained:

“We have always felt committed to the protection of the environment and have launched numerous voluntary initiatives and projects in the past to mitigate environmental impact. With the self-imposed cut in CO2e emissions we now intend to go a step further and make our environmental commitment clear for all to follow. At the same time, we are confident that the measurable results will enable us to identify further optimization potential in the future.”