German container shipping major Hapag-Lloyd has cut its CO2 emissions per TEU kilometre by 50 percent when compared to the reference year of 2008, the company said.
The goal was achieved through economies of scale as the
company introduced bigger and more efficient ships with improved water
resistance on its routes.
The shipping industry has been under considerable pressure
to reduce its carbon footprint, with regulatory authorities charting the way
forward with ever stricter regulations.
January 2020 marked the beginning of an unprecedented
transition of the shipping industry into a greener future with a regulation
mandating the level of sulphur content in marine fuels is limited to 0.50 per
In line with the international commitment to cut sulphur
emissions and halve global CO2 emissions by 2050, Hapag-Lloyd has embarked on
numerous projects including the exploration of a propulsion system based on
liquified natural gas (LNG) as well as retrofitting its ships with onshore
The company plans to start converting a large container ship
Sajir to operate using LNG propulsion system in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The Sajir is one of the 17 vessels in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet
that were originally designed to be LNG-ready.
The contract for the retrofitting was signed with Hudong
HONDHOA Shipbuilding and the conversion is scheduled to take place at the
Shanghai-based shipyard Huarun Dadong Dockyard.
MAN Energy Solutions has been tasked with conversion of the
vessel’s HFO-burning MAN B&W 9S90ME-C engine to a dual-fuel MAN B&W
ME-GI (-Gas Injection).
The container shipping heavyweight is also looking into
alternative fuel solutions, including biofuel based on used cooking oil.