Danish Shipowners Challenge Its Decarbonization Role


While slow steaming has long been considered a key strategy for reducing fuel consumption and emissions in the shipping industry, two prominent Danish shipowners are challenging its effectiveness as a decarbonization measure. Lars Mathiasen, head of commercial decarbonization at Torm, and Frederik Pind, MD of Maersk Tankers’ green technology business, Njord, argue that slow steaming is not a sustainable long-term solution. Instead, they advocate for alternative approaches to address carbon emissions in shipping.

Limitations of Slow Steaming

Lars Mathiasen and Frederik Pind question the efficacy of slow steaming as a viable strategy for reducing carbon emissions in the shipping industry. They highlight the inherent limitations of this approach, emphasizing the need for more sustainable and impactful measures to address the sector’s environmental footprint.

Focus on Technological Solutions

Rather than relying solely on slow steaming, Torm and Maersk Tankers prioritize technological advancements and hardware upgrades to drive emissions reduction. Frederik Pind emphasizes the importance of investing in green technology solutions as a more effective way to mitigate environmental impact and achieve long-term sustainability goals.

Efficiency Optimization through Onboard Innovations

Torm’s approach involves deploying technicians onboard vessels to identify and address inefficiencies in ship systems. By optimizing equipment performance and reducing energy waste, Torm has achieved significant emissions reductions across its fleet. This emphasis on efficiency optimization underscores the potential for innovation to drive meaningful progress towards decarbonization targets in the shipping industry.

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Source: The Loadstar