Saturday, 28 February 2009

Are we going to get this at Felixstowe?

Maersk reports 1,000th vessel call for US West Coast fuel switch

Maersk Line's environmental initiative to switch to cleaner fuel at North American West Coast ports has reached the milestone of the 1000th vessel call.
111 vessels have participated in the program since its inception in 2006. The initiative has reduced Maersk Line's vessel-related air emissions by more than 2,400 tons when calling the ports of Los Angeles and Oakland in California, Tacoma in Washington and Vancouver in Canada.
Maersk Line's pilot program is part of the company's on-going commitment to environmentally responsible operations. The program has been aligned with and supports the significant air quality improvement efforts by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California's Goods Movement Action Plan, the California Air Resources Board initiatives and the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy to improve air quality in these ports.
This continuing initiative provides substantial reductions in key pollutants that have potential health effects. Maersk Line has achieved an 86% annual reduction in particulate matter, a 95% reduction in sulphur oxides (SOx), and a 12% reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx).
The first vessel that performed the fuel switch was Sine Maersk in Los Angeles on March 31st, 2006. There were 212 switches in 2006, 351 in 2007, 425 in 2008 and twelve through January 20th, 2009.
Maersk Line voluntarily switches from bunker fuel (with relatively high sulphur content) to low-sulphur distillate fuel on the main and auxiliary engines of its vessels while underway in port areas and in the auxiliaries while in California ports, and in the auxiliary engines while at dock in Tacoma and Vancouver.

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