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Maersk Line reaches 2020 CO2 target of 25% reduction; now targeting 40% reduction by 2020

Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company, has reached its 2020 target of reducing CO2 emissions by 25% from its benchmark 2007 levels.

The CO2 emissions of Maersk Line are measured in accordance with the methodology developed by the Clean Cargo Working Group (grams of CO2 per container carried 1 kilometer). The data is independently verified by Lloyd’s Register.

We are proud to hit this mark 8 years ahead of schedule. It is confirmation we’re on the right track. And to keep that momentum we’re raising the target to a 40% reduction in CO2 by 2020.

—Morten Engelstoft, Chief Operating Officer, Maersk Line

Engelstoft said that the shipper reached the target largely from a combination of operational efficiency, network and voyage optimisation, slow steaming and technical innovation. The line will see the arrival this year and next of the Triple-E vessels—the largest and most energy efficient ships on the water. (Earlier post.)





So....20% and even 40% reduction in GHG is possible while making $$$$$$? A good example here?



50 million cars carry, on average, 60 million people who's average weight totals 12 billion pounds.

One cargo ship carries 10,000 TEUs, each TEU holds up to 48,000 pounds.

480 million pounds vs 12 billion leaves a lot of room for improvement.


On board nuclear power plant and/or on-board very large fuel cells may be good alternative cleaner power solutions for large ships?








LNG sounds like a good way to go. They would need the refueling facilities, but if enough worked together they could do it.


CNG is no panacea. Worldwide, it is not at all as cheap as in USA. It is only about 15% to 20% cleaner than high quality diesel fuel and 25% cleaner than coal. It could possibly be somewhat better if used to indirectly feed on board FCs installed in ships and locomotives together with appropriate e-energy storage buffers?




LNG produces fewer particulates, sulfur and benzene than diesel, LNG has been used on LNG tankers for years.

It depends on what is called "pollution", some is more harmful. Their heat recovery method saves fuel which reduces pollution, that can be used with LNG.

The ships could run SOFCs on natural gas and combine cycle them, but that is a major retrofit at huge cost. Making the diesels run LNG in not as costly.


It's also important to note that "high quality diesel" isn't often used in ships. What you need to compare LNG to is "heavy Fuel Oil" (HFO).


HFO is not clean stuff, per unit of energy, natural gas reduces NOx emissions by around 80%, SOx by virtually 100%, CO2 by around 29% and PM by 90%.

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