Denmark rejects speed restriction as GHG measure

Speed restrictions would distort the market, benefit inefficient ships and force cargo onto the roads, says Danish Shipping Speed restrictions would distort the market, benefit inefficient ships and force cargo onto the roads, says Danish Shipping

One of the world’s most environmentally progressive flag states, Denmark, has rejected the imposition of speed restrictions as a measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Danish Shipping CEO Anne Steffensen dismissed the proposal, one of several measures under consideration as the IMO aims to firm up its greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy by April, as a market distortion that would benefit inefficient ships.

A global speed limit for international marine traffic, which supporters say could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 2.51 billion tonnes between now and 2030, would also cause difficulties for the ro-ro and ro-pax markets, Steffensen said. Members of the flag registry, which includes one of the world’s biggest ro-ro operators DFDS, believe that a speed restriction would see freight and passengers switch from sea to road transport.

Meanwhile DFDS has noted the CO2 trade-off implied by sulphur reduction and other environmental measures. Poul Woodall, director of environment and sustainability, DFDS, cited figures from the International Bunker Industry Association claiming that refineries will have to increase CO2 emissions by around 5% in order to produce low-sulphur fuel compliant with IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap.

“It is more carbon efficient to use onboard scrubbers to clean heavy fuel oil,” said Woodall. DFDS has already installed scrubbers across most of its fleet, and will also equip forthcoming newbuilds – including two 4,500lm ro-pax vessels and two 6,700lm ro-ro ships – with the exhaust gas cleaning technology.

LATEST PRESS RELEASES

Chevron Marine Lubricants to put Global Sulphur Cap and cylinder oil lubrication in the spotlight at Nor-Shipping 2019

Chevron Marine Lubricants will use this edition of the Nor-Shipping international maritime trade sho... Read more

DESMI Ocean Guard wins Frame Agreement for Supply of Ballast Water Management Systems for the Existing Fleet of French Company Sea Tankers

Aalborg, DK, May 7, 2019 – DESMI Ocean Guard A/S is pleased to announce that Sea Tankers have select... Read more

Vickers Oils Site Development

Vickers Oils has opened its 1,700 square metre state-of-the-art R&D laboratory, as well refurbishing... Read more

Gloryholder LGM to supply the LNG bunkering system for Damen 6000m3 Bunkering vessel

Gloryholder has been awarded the contract to design and supply the LNG cargo handling and fuel gas s... Read more

DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean Ballast Water Management System Receives US Coast Guard Type Approval

Aalborg, DK, April 17, 2019– DESMI Ocean Guard A/S is pleased to announce that its CompactClean Ball... Read more

DESMI KaziCat

DESMI KaziCat is a true Multi-Purpose Catamaran Vessel despite its compact size; just below 24 meter... Read more

View all