Friday, March 10, 2017

Container Freight Line Seeks to Clean Up Shipping in South America

New Trial Will Use Cleaner Fuel in Port Despite No Regulations
Shipping News Feature
CHILE – Hamburg Süd and its customer Electrolux have launched a joint pilot project to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions in the Port of Iquique in Chile. Though the port has no regulations on the issue of vessels burning high sulfur heavy fuel oil (HFO) to operate auxiliary engines and boilers during layovers, at the beginning of March the Hamburg Süd container ship Santa Clara, a 7,154 TEU vessel, switched from HFO to higher-grade marine gas oil (MGO). Thanks to the lower sulfur content of MGO, around 95% of sulfur dioxide emissions will be saved proportionally for the Electrolux cargo in this port of call. Dr. Ottmar Gast, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, said:

“The innovative nature of the project is not primarily the change of fuel itself, which is already mandatory in the North Sea and Baltic Sea or the North American Emission Control Areas. It is also the fact that both sides are accepting additional expense and higher costs to make the value-added chain more sustainable. With this approach, both companies are entering uncharted territory and setting an example for more environment-friendly solutions in shipping.”

The idea for the project emerged from a task force of members of the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG). The switch of fuel in Iquique represents the first pilot phase of the project, next step would be to extend it to other ports in Chile, Mexico and Peru. Tomas Dahlman, Electrolux Director Global Energy Strategies added:

“During the last five years, Electrolux carriers have succeeded in reducing carbon emissions by 35%. The next step, as part of the Electrolux Sustainability framework ‘For The Better’, is to reduce levels of sulfur oxides in those ports that lack regulation. We are starting in Chile.”