APL reduced its carbon dioxide emissions per transported container per kilometre by 50.7% in 2017 compared to its base level in 2009.
This was APL’s eighth consecutive year of improved environmental performance. Additionally, APL’s vessels recorded fuel savings of almost 5% in 2017 compared to 2016.
“We are proud to raise the bar in reducing the carbon footprint of our fleet operations once again,” said Dennis Yee, global head of safety, security and environment at APL. “APL’s concerted efforts to improve our environmental efficiency year after year underscore our commitment to a greener and more sustainable maritime industry. Responsible environmental management is a cornerstone of APL’s operations and we will persevere in our pursuit for excellence in sustainable shipping.”
During the year, APL made bow modifications that helped to minimize wave resistance and retrofitted propellers to vessels to improve propulsion efficiency.
In preparation for the global sulphur cap which into effect from January 1, 2020, APL will be using low-sulphur fuel oil across its vessel fleet, employing exhaust-cleaning scrubbers on some vessels to remove sulphur dioxide before emissions are released into the atmosphere.
Starting from 2020, parent company CMA CGM is scheduled to take delivery of nine new 22,000 TEU vessels that are powered by liquefied natural gas.
APL has committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions per TEU transported by 30% between 2015 and 2025, in line with a target set by CMA CGM.