Hamburg Süd and Electrolux switching fuels to reduce sulphur emissions

Maersk Line owned Hamburg Süd and customer Electrolux are teaming up to reduce sulphur dioxide (SOx) emissions in Latin America ports.

During its layovers in Manzanillo, Mexico, Callao, Peru, Iquique and Puerto Angamos in Chile, the 7,114 teu Santa Catarina voluntarily used cleaner marine gas oil (MGO) between March 11 and March 24 instead of standard heavy fuel oil (HFO) to operate its auxiliary engines and boilers.

This joint sustainability project was already launched with a pilot phase in the spring of 2017. In the four above-mentioned Latin American ports – unlike those in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, and unlike the North American Emission Control Areas (ECAs) – switching fuel from HFO to MGO is not mandatory.

Both of these must be running in port to supply the ship with electricity and heat. Hamburg Süd and Electrolux already carried out a fuel upgrade in the past Due to the significantly lower sulphur content of MGO, the SOx emissions for the Electrolux cargo in question will decrease by over 95%.


The project is being financed by both companies. While Electrolux is bearing the additional costs for the MGO, Hamburg Süd is assuming the extra operative expenses related to planning and switching fuels.

“When it comes to sustainability, reducing emissions in the interest of environmental protection plays an important role for Hamburg Süd,” said Arnt Vespermann, ceo of Hamburg Süd. “With this project, we are showing at the same time that Hamburg Süd is employing innovative solutions to meet the unique desires of our customers, in collaboration with them.”

“Sulphur dioxide emissions are a major environmental issue in some of the communities around port cities where we ship our products. With this partnership, we are showing how the industry can move faster than legislation to improve the air quality in ports, and we hope more companies will get on board,” said Bjorn Vang Jensen, vice president, Global Logistics at Electrolux.

Posted 05 April 2018

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Michele Labrut

Americas Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime News

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