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China Shipping pledges commitment to green shipping

China Shipping pledges commitment to green shipping
State-owned China Shipping (Group) Company (CSG) has pledged its commitment to staying on the ‘green course’ and reform its business to being an environmentally-friendly shipowner.

Ding Nong, vice president of CSG, said that the group has embarked on a ‘green navigation’ that has contributed to emissions reduction, cost savings, as well as aiding national policies including the promotion of the much talked about One Belt One Road China strategy.

“What we set out to achieve is to have a more green management style and work culture, investment in green shipping for sustainable operations, and integrate green shipping into the One Belt One Road strategy,” Ding told delegates at the Senior Maritime Forum of Marintec China 2015 on Wednesday.

Ding pointed out that since 2011, CSG has scrapped 182 elderly ships with a combined tonnage of 5.25m dwt.

In its container shipping business, the group’s fleet of 19,000 teu new containerships are consuming less bunker fuel compared to the 5,000-teu capacity boxships, and the mega-sized ships are equipped with cold-ironing systems for total emissions elimination.

A total of 46 boxships of CSG are equipped with cold ironing technology for plugging into to shoreside power, which is being developed at Shanghai port, the world’s busiest container port.

The group’s tanker shipping and dry bulk shipping fleet, on the other hand, are burning less bunker fuel via slow steaming operations, reducing the consumption of marine fuel by 500,000 metric tonnes in 2014 compared to the previous year.

Ding added that apart from CSG, a few other Chinese owners are also working hard to cultivate a green business approach, which would enhance the overall efficiency of shipping operations.