Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Singapore Shipping Initiative Witnesses A Cleaner Greener Container Freight Carrier

Danish Group Continue to Clean Up Their Act
Shipping News Feature

SINGAPORE – WORLDWIDE – The morass of shipping events and discussions under way in Singapore this week which we mentioned in our article yesterday have produced at least one valuable result. Container shipping giant Maersk Line has today announced its active participation in the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative by committing to switching to low-sulphur fuel. Since its first fuel switch in 2006 in California, Maersk Line has advocated for sulphur reductions beyond regulatory requirements, and for establishing a level playing field in partnership with ports, authorities, shipping lines and customers.

Maersk Line's goal is to drive its operations towards zero sulphur while cutting CO2 by at least 25% per container between 2007 and 2020 and the company signed the Maritime Singapore Green Pledge on April 12, 2011, stating its commitment to safeguard the Singaporean environment by driving towards cleaner and more fuel efficient shipping services. The announced fuel switch backs up the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's engagement with the shipping line community to reduce carbon and sulphur emissions in Singapore.

Maersk Line was the first ocean carrier to switch to low sulphur fuel and the first to have its fleet carbon emissions independently verified and as part of the company's global 'Zero SOx' programme, Maersk Line has committed itself to implementing at least ten fuel switch programs before 2015. Anders Lund Kristensen, Head of Liner Operations, Maersk Line Asia Pacific said upon the signing:

"Singapore is at the forefront with sustainable economic development and a role model for a wide industry engagement driving tangible results in our sector. We have enjoyed being part of the process of establishing the Singapore Green Pledge, and we fully support Singapore's environmental ambitions."

Colleague Jacob Sterling, Head of Climate & Environment, Maersk Line, Copenhagen added:

"Maersk Line is supporting the Singapore initiative along with other leading shipping lines. We encourage more shipping lines to follow suit. Sulphur emissions represent a health concern which our industry must address actively."

Many in the industry worldwide look only toward compulsory legislation before they undertake such changes, but with global clients scrutinising environmental factors when selecting a supply chain, it is both in the interests of, and essential for, industry leaders like Maersk to take the initiative rather than wait for no other alternative.