Singapore-based container shipping specialists American President Lines (APL) cut its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by half in 2017 compared with its 2009 emissions numbers.
Annual margins, however, reveal a more incremental reduction in CO2 emissions for the business.
A statement from APL said it saw a year-on-year emissions reduction of under 3% between 2016 and 2017, measuring its annual emissions against a 2009 benchmark.
“While APL saw almost a 3% improvement from the 48% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per transported container per kilometre in 2016, APL-operated vessels also recorded fuel savings of almost 5% in 2017, compared to a year ago,” the statement said.
APL said 2017 marks the eighth consecutive year in which the group has improved its environmental performance.
The group attributed emissions reductions to a fleetwide focus on operational and fuel efficiency as well as vessel modifications – all tied together with data harvesting practices on board.
“Last year, APL saw ship bow modifications and retrofitting of propellers to vessels that aided in minimising wave resistance and improving propulsion efficiency, respectively,” the group said.
“Coupled with route optimisation systems that have been installed on board its vessel fleet, ship officers have been able make … efficient navigational decisions using dynamic data captured in the systems.”
APL recently set up a trial with OEM Blue Water Solutions to emulsify fuel with water on one of its ships in an effort to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
The group also said its parent company, France’s CMA CGM, had set APL a target of 30% reduction in its CO2 emissions between 2015 and 2025 as measured per tonne-equivalent unit (TEU) the company transports.
In April IMO member states agreed overwhelmingly to a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping sector by at least 50% by 2050.
Regarding the upcoming 2020 cap on sulphur emissions, APL said it is practicing cold ironing – turning off its main and auxiliary engines while in port and connecting to shore-to-ship power – in addition to using low-sulphur fuel.
The group cited its order for nine new LNG-powered 22,000 TEU cargo ships and installation of IMO-compliant ballast water systems on 32 of its existing vessels as evidence of its further commitment to emissions reduction. The new vessels will be added to the APL fleet from 2020 onwards.
Business for Social Responsibility’s Clean Cargo Working Group reported the emissions data in its 2017 environmental performance assessment of APL, and Lloyd’s Register verified APL’s CO2 emissions data under the principles of International Organisation for Standards standard 14064-3.