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.