Is Shipping Sailing Toward a Cleaner Future?

 05 Feb 2016     Carriers, Environment , Going Places

Shipping accounted for around 796 million tonnes of emissions in 2012 and is considered one of the heaviest polluters; however, environmental concerns could be a thing of the past after it was announced that manufacturers are looking at new ways to alleviate the environmental impact caused by ships, according to the International Chamber of Shipping.

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Mads Stensen, Global Sustainability Manager at Maersk, said: “Shipping impacts the world in many positive ways by enabling trade around the world. But despite all the positive impacts, you also have negative impacts, especially environmental impacts.

An exhaust gas cleaning system is currently being developed entitled the ‘scrubber’ for the large engines of ships.

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Stensen said: "The system can remove, for example, sulphur emissions from the exhaust gas.”

Maersk is actively lowering its emissions by ensuring that it can reduce emissions by 60% per shipping container and recently called for a re-entry onto the global COP21 sustainability agenda.

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