Yang Ming's carbon emissions dropped by 51% since 2008
Yang Ming said its carbon emissions per TEU/kilometer have fallen by 51 percent since 2008, hitting IMO sustainability targets 11 years ahead of schedule.
The Japanese carrier said in a statement that it had "fulfilled its pledge" ten years ago to cut emissions and develop and eco-friendly fleet by meeting the goal of a 40 percent reduction by 2030
It also aims to further increased pollution and is committed to reaching a 70 percent IMO goal compared to 2008 figures.
Yang Ming said it has devised many long-term plans for achieving the goals, including introducing 12 vessel improvement and optimization programs.
It is also accelerating the vessel renewal plan and will take ships over the age of 20 out of operation and add to its fleet 10 2,800 TEUs, 20 14,000 TEUs and 14,000 TEUs class eco-friendly smart vessels.
In addition, Yang Ming has cooperated with Weather Service Provider Weathernews Inc. (WNI) to create a monitoring network to control fuel consumption and minimize green house gas emissions, and further assess the possibility of developing duel-fuel engines such as LNG or other engines that can work with carbon-neutral alternative fuels.
In 2018 Yang Ming also ensured an early transition to use low sulfur fuel oil at the Port of Kaohsiung and Port of Shenzhen.
Yang Ming's fleet moved to very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) with a sulfur content lower than 0.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019, and high sulfur oxide emissions by 80 percent compared to conventional heavy fuel oil.
In addition, Yang Ming engaged actively in vessel speed reduction programs initiated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Taiwan International Ports Corporation, LTD to protect the marine ecology well.
Maritime Business World