As a global maritime industry group, we are involved in shipping and integrated logistics as well as providing about half the world’s commercial fleet with marine products and services, technical solutions and ship management. The environmental risks associated with these business activities vary considerably. For this reason, each business area adapts the group’s commitment to its own operations.
Efficient use of energy and resources
As a major participant in the transport sector we are actively working to decrease the environmental impact of our activities, and reduce the use of energy and natural resources per transported unit. Our aim is to reduce the waste from our activities through continuous improved efficiency in our operations, management and resources. As an example, we emphasize efficient green recycling of our vessels.
An active participant
Major environmental regulations dealing with air pollution, greenhouse gases and invasive marine species will come into effect this decade. Our goal is to be at the forefront of environmental regulations as and when they are enacted. We do this by working actively with international regulatory bodies to develop regulations and frameworks for the maritime industry that are effective and promote fair competition within the industry.
Collaboration is the key
The environmental challenges facing the shipping industry cannot be solved by individual companies acting alone. We utilise our broad competence and shipping experience and collaborate with best practice organisations, institutions, and forums to fund future oriented business solutions.
In order to stay competitive, reduce emissions, and comply with new regulations, the development and implementation of new technology is vital. For example, the implementation of a stricter fuel sulphur limit in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) prompted a switch to a more costly fuel type starting in 2015. To keep cost down, it is vital to focus on reduced consumption and to invest in cost saving technology, including comprehensive fleet renewal.
Our work towards a sustainable future includes:
Reduction of carbon emissions: The biggest environmental gain for the Wilhelmsen group will come from the continued reduction of CO2 emissions. The group’s fleet have been steadily decreasing its emissions, measured as average amount of emissions produced by moving one tonne of cargo one nautical mile, through a combination of steady improvements, including advances in ships design and technology as well as refinements in operation. As an example, the ship operating company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics aims at reducing its relative greenhouse gas emissions with 30% by 2015, compared to a 2005 baseline.
Reduction of sulphur emissions: Over the past 12 years our use of low sulphur fuel has resulted in a reduction of 186 000 tonnes of sulphur emissions. Global sulphur regulations pose a significant cost and compliance challenge to the industry. Through our subsidiary, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, we are exploring several avenues in order to find the most sustainable solutions for the future including:
- <0.5% sulphur bunker oil Determine if a viable supply of <0.5% sulphur bunker oil can become available
- Distillates, such as marine gas oil Examine medium to long-term pricing and availability
- Exhaust gas cleaning systems Scrubbers are installed on Wilhelmsen vessels to gain experience
- Assess other energy sources Alternative energy sources such as LNG, biodiesel, solar power and others are explored through research and development projects
Green ship recycling:
In addition to being a responsible ship owner, recycling vessels in a green and sustainable manner, the group offers through Wilhelmsen Ship Management a service ensuring vessels are demolished in a way that ensures safe working environment at the yard, together with safe removal and disposal of hazardous materials on board. Agreements have been signed with major yards in China to carry out green ship recycling work that complies with coming IMO requirements. During 2015, two vessels from the WWASA fleet were recycled at green recycling yards.