On 1 January 2015, SECA (Sulphur Emission Control Area) came into force reducing the sulphur emissions (SOx) to 0.1% in the restricted area in maritime logistics. As a short-term solution, it meant that the shipping companies were to change the fuel from Heavy Fuel Oil (3.5% SOx) to Marine Gas Oil (0.1% SOx) or install scrubbers to wash the exhaust emissions. Containerships together with its partners decided to invest in five scrubbers, one of which was installed to Containerships’ own vessel and four to partners’ vessels.

First mover with future-proof solution

After the release of the SECA requirements, Containerships decided to go further and started to investigate options for less contaminating container vessels. After analysing several different long-term solutions including LNG, electric and alternative fuels such as biofuels, LNG was chosen as a long-term solution for the newbuilds. LNG tackles all the known emission constraints and enables building a platform for the future with possible biofuels.

Four new dual-fuel engine-technology container vessels for Containerships are under construction in Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China. Containerships’ new short-sea vessels hold a capacity of 1,400 TEU and will start operating in the Baltic and Nordic seas between August 2018 and January 2019. Each vessel accommodates up to 639 units of 45-foot container.

Our core business is to serve our customers in the whole door-to-door supply chain. This have been said, concentrating only on emissions generated during the sea leg is not feasible from sustainability point of view. Currently, Containerships has 60 LNG trucks or LNG dual-fuel trucks in operation. The amount will be increased to 200 by 2020. In May 2017, Containerships opened its own LNG refuelling station in the UK to even further endorse company’s environmentally-friendly targets.

Maritime industry is on a doorstep of a breakthrough of technological revolution. The existing fuel solutions are expected to be replaced by new, more sustainable applications. Containerships is highly motivated to continue on the more sustainable road, meaning that the use of alternative non-fossil fuels is part of the company’s future fuel strategy.