Low-sulphur fuel behind low greenhouse gas emissions


Environmental regulation is driving a 30 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions for global shipping and logistics company Wallenius Wilhelmsen (WWL), a report shows

Low-sulphur fuel behind low greenhouse gas emissions
Shipping regulation drives drop in greenhouse gas emissions

April 17, 2012

Environmental regulation is driving a 30 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions for global shipping and logistics company Wallenius Wilhelmsen (WWL), a report shows.

WWL CEO and President Arild Iversen
announced today
the company
is on track to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30 percent from 2005 to 2015, according to the company’s 2011 Environmental Sustainability Report.

"Staying one step ahead of environmental regulations, WWL has been actively working to cut emissions and fuel consumption through investments in vessel design and technology," Iversen says.

In 2010 fuel mandates were introduced requiring the use of extra low sulphur fuel while in any EU port and while sailing in the North Sea and Baltic ECA zones.

Iversen says
the main way
WWL has
been able to drop its
emission levels
is by operating vessels with low-sulphur fuel at sea and by using fuel with lesser sulphur content for auxiliary engines at berth.

"For the
eigth year in a row, we have kept the average global sulphur content of bunker fuel below 1.5%," Iversen says.

He says WWL also
introduced two Mark V vessels into its fleet in 2011.

The Mark V is a Panamax vessel with 50,335 square metres in deck area, and a 500 tonne capacity stern ramp.

According to the company’s environmental report, the Mark V uses 15 to 20 percent less fuel per unit transported than the Mark IV due to a streamlined hull and an advanced turbo generator producing electricity from exhaust heat.

The turbo generator also reduces sulphur dioxide emissions and carbon dioxides by five percent.

WWL plans to introduce two more Mark Vs in 2012.

WWL’s CO2 emissions dropped 4 percent from 2010 to 2011.

Effective from August 2012, stringent international emissions standards will also apply for ships in waters off North American coasts.

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