Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ocean Shipping Line Achieves Reduction of Emission Levels Ahead of Target

Cutting Gas Pollution is Almost Mandatory in Modern Freight and Logistics Groups
Shipping News Feature
JAPAN – WORLDWIDE – Virtually every freight and logistics linked company in the world of any substance spends time these days on explaining how they are ‘environmentally aware’ but, as so often is the case lies, damn lies and most of all statistics can be made to say many things. The only true measure of an ocean shipping line’s achievements in this field are the emissions and fuel savings linked, not to the vessels employed, but to the ‘per tonne mile’ basis, in other words the effect on the environment which cargo carriage has and its relationship to previous voyages.

With this in mind Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has produced its latest set of statistics which show the company has achieved a 13.6% reduction in CO2 emissions in 2015 against its 2011 level, this as a result of its deployment of larger vessels coupled with proactive initiatives for introducing advanced energy-saving technologies. These included electronically controlled engines and slow steaming. This last policy was pursued with the close cooperation at sea and on land with ship owners and ship management companies.

K Line maintains numerous environmental and social policies through its dedicated website and says it has successfully accomplished its CO2 emissions target level to reduce emissions 10% by 2019 (compared to 2011) comfortably ahead of schedule. 2019 was specifically chosen as it will be the shipping group’s centenary year and a major stepping stone toward the company’s ultimate 2050 target of halving its emissions.

In light of this year’s achievement K Line has set a new CO2 emissions target of a 25% reduction by 2030 against 2011 levels under its ‘Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow’ programme. A major step towards this will be the future deployment of LNG fuelled vessels as well as adoption of energy-saving technologies to be retrofitted on existing ships coupled with improved software to better manage engine functions.

Emissions are not the only thing under observation however and the company says it is enhancing operational management for ballast and anchorage matters which is now being introduced to help protect the environment across all fronts.