Better route plan provides better fuel savings



How to reduce fuel consumption of its fleet ? – Is the big question of focus for Hapag- Lloyd’s teams recently.  They identified that the consumption can be better controlled by planning a better route for the destination. The Fleet support centre suggests their vessels to take the smoothest route possible to bring down fuel consumption.

Besides other ideas they also use a  software to alert  vessels of rough sea conditions around the world.

Jörn Springer, head of the FSC, said  “Speed is the most important factor for a ship’s fuel consumption. Draught and trim are also relevant, but cannot be optimised in isolation from each other. Under certain circumstances, a ship can even consume less bunkers when its draught is greater.”

The vessel’s efficiency programme and a lower bunker prices made Hapag-Lloyd achieve profits in the first quarter of 2015.

Other agreements of Hapag-Lloyd:

  • Entered an agreement with logistics firm DB Schenker for 6% reduction in CO2 emissions for each  DB Schenker shipping container Hapag Lloyd transport
  • Entered an arrangement with Port of Shenzhen for its ships to use fuel with a sulphur content of less than 0.50% while at berth.


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