The German Hapag-Lloyd container transport line reduces its CO emissions per TEU / Kilometer at 50% (percentage points) compared to the 2008 reference, the company assures.
According to Hapag-Lloyd, the goal was achieved through economies of scale under pressure to reduce the carbon footprint through regulation that will become more rigorous over time.
In January 2020, the inappropriate transition for maritime carriers of a greener future began with regulation forcing the use of marine fuels with a sulfur content limit of 0.50%.
In line with the global commitment to reduce emissions by 2050, Hapag-Lloyd has taken the initiative in numerous projects to explore a propulsion system with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and adapt its ships with shore-to-ship power connectors.
However, the company seeks to convert the propulsion system of the Sajir container ship to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the last quarter of 2020. This ship is one of the 17 ships in the Hapag-Lloyd fleet that were designed originally to use LNG.
According to WMN, the contract for the modification was signed with Hudong HONDHOA Shipbuilding and the conversion is scheduled to take place at the Shanghai-based Huarun Dadong Dockyard shipyard.
MAN Energy Solutions has been tasked with converting the ship’s HFO MAN B&W 9S90ME-C combustion engine into a dual fuel (gas injection) MAN B&W ME-GI.
“Sustainability is more than just climate protection, as it also encompasses ecological, economic, social and qualitative concerns in equal measure. In 2019, we made great progress in all four dimensions. For example, we promoted the reduction of our specific CO2 emissions, strengthened our social commitment and made large investments in the quality of our service, “says CEO Rolf Habben Jansen.
Additionally, Hapag-Lloyd continues the search for combustion alternatives including biofuels based on cooking oil. Finally, the scrubbers remain on the table for 10 ships in 2020. As for the conversion to shore use of energy by ships, by the end of this year three ships will have been converted.
Currently, 11 of its 41 German registered vessels and 8 of its 127 charter vessels can be connected to use shore power of which they are regularly used on routes calling on services arriving in California.
In California, 80 percent of electricity must be generated onshore starting in 2020, while the threshold is likely to rise to 100 percent in 2021.
A similar trend is recovering in Chinese ports also for ships with relevant infrastructure.
Hapag-Lloyd is also testing other options to make power supply to docked ships more environmentally friendly, including PowerPacs. These, being containers that contain gas generators and a LNG tank that supplies electricity to the ship while it is docked.
The company tested the technology in 2018 in Hamburg and again in October 2019, and will now evaluate its commercial and operational effectiveness.
Hapag-Lloyd currently employs more than 13,000 people in 59 countries and has a fleet of 239 container ships carrying an annual total of around 12 million TEUs.