Singapore-based container shipping line APL said today (April 4) that it is on course to reduce a key carbon exhaust measure from its global shipping operations by 30 per cent within three years.
The line said an influx of new vessels, running at reduced speed, puts the target within reach.
By 2015, APL said its fleet will produce 130g of carbon exhaust for every TEU of cargo transported one nautical mile. That represents a 30 per cent reduction from emission levels in 2009, when auditors first calculated APL's carbon footprint.
"We're changing the profile of our fleet with larger, more efficient ships that will significantly curb exhaust emissions," APL president Kenneth Glenn said in a press release. "It's the most effective way we know to make global trade environmentally sustainable."
APL said it will deply 32 new vessels in the next three years. It said the ships will be significantly more fuel efficient than its existing fleet, resulting in reduced emissions. The ships will also run at less than full speed, further curbing pollution.
The shipping lines said it is undertaking additional steps to curb carbon exhaust emissions, including optimising vessel trip, speed and routing; improving maintenance on vessel hulls to reduce drag in the water; and upgrading cargo-handling equipment at APL terminals.