Award for EUKOR Car Carriers: “Morning Linda” was the most eco-friendly seagoing vessel to call at the ports of Bremen/Bremerhaven in 2013
The port management company bremenports recently presented the very first “greenports award”. The award for the most eco-friendly seagoing vessel to call at the ports of Bremen/Bremerhaven last year went to the car carrier “Morning Linda”. The vessel belongs to the EUKOR Car Carriers fleet and is a regular guest at the auto terminal in Bremerhaven.
“The award is granted in recognition of the shipping company’s endeavours to reduce the harmful emissions and fuel consumption of its vessels,” said Bremen’s Senator Martin Günthner, who is responsible for the ports. His Senate Department introduced the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) at the beginning of 2012: “The index calculates the extent to which a ship’s emissions fall below the internationally prescribed limits. Shipowners who serve our ports with particularly eco-friendly vessels can apply for a discount on the port fees. Last year, applications were submitted for 68 ships.”
On the bridge of the “Morning Linda”, Robert Howe, Technical Director of bremenports, presented the certificate for the most eco-friendly seagoing vessel to Bag Su Hoan, the Korean master of the 232-metre long car carrier. The panama vessel can hold more than 8000 vehicles (CEU – Car Equivalent Units) and is one of the largest ro-ro ships in the world. “Today, we are discharging 500 vehicles, tomorrow we will load 2000,” said the captain at the award ceremony in Bremerhaven. “The German brands of Volkswagen, Audi and BMW are very popular in China and a large part of our cargo will be discharged in Shanghai.”
ESI evaluates the emission of nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxide and carbon dioxide
Captain Bag Su Hoan was delighted to receive the award. “Morning Linda” was chosen because she achieved an ESI score of 45.5 in 2013, outperforming all other seagoing vessels at the ports of Bremen/Bremerhaven. The ESI score is made up of individual points for the emission of nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxide and carbon dioxide. The runners-up in the ranking after the “Morning Linda” were the car carriers “Aida”, “Morning Lisa”, “Tirranna” and “Morning Lynn”.
Robert Howe added that a second eco-ranking had been conducted to identify the shipowner or charterer which served the ports with the most environmentally friendly fleet. “With an average ESI score of 35.6, EUKOR Car Carriers also came in first in this ranking. The shipping companies Wilson EuroCarriers, Hanjin Shipping, HJH Shipmanagement and Flinter also achieved excellent scores in the ranking for 2013.”
Joris Verhaag, General Manager of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) in Bremen, explained that a high ESI score was important to EUKOR for various reasons. The Wallenius Wilhelmsen Group and its companies WWL, EUKOR, ARC and UECC lead the market for the ocean carriage of vehicles. “EUKOR wishes to make its own contribution towards environmental protection,” says Verhaag. “Moreover, our customers are also demanding more environmentally friendly supply chains, so that we have to deliver continuous improvements in that respect.”
Lower fuel consumption, lower operating costs
Verhaag also points out the cost advantage. “As a rule, the less fuel our ships consume, the lower the operating costs for the shipowner,” says the manager and also refers to the new, significantly stricter regulations: “Various laws and directives prescribe that ship emissions have to be reduced. Here at EUKOR, we wish to comply with the new regulations as soon as possible.”
According to Verhaag, the company is constantly endeavouring to improve the efficiency of its vessels. When building new ships, for example, it pays attention to energy-efficient design and improvements to the hull, engine and propulsion as well as the use of state-of-the-art software (such as ballast water management programs). The Morning Linda performed well in the ESI thanks to the low nitrogen oxide emission of the main engine and the low sulphur content of the fuel.
“Bremerhaven is the most important European port for us”
At the same time, Verhaag clearly stresses the importance of Bremerhaven as a maritime automobile hub for EUKOR: “Bremerhaven is the most important European port for us, both in terms of cargo quantities and also the number of calls.” EUKOR vessels call at the largest auto terminal in Europe around 200 times a year and the company operates four services which call at Bremerhaven. The export routes carry cargo from Europe to the Far East, Middle East, India and Africa, while the imports to Bremerhaven come from diverse ports in East Asia. In addition to Bremerhaven, the “Morning Linda” called at the ports of Antwerp, Southampton, Singapore, Shanghai and Pyeongtaek on its voyage in August.
Award winner MS “Morning Linda”: facts and figures
◾IMO number: 9383417
◾Owner EUKOR Car Carriers Inc.
◾Shipyard: Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, Samho, South Korea
◾Length: 232.38 metres
◾Beam: 32.26 metres
◾Max. draught: 10.0 metres
◾Cargo volume: 8011 vehicles (CEU – Car Equivalent Unit)
◾Gross tonnage: 68,701
About EUKOR CAR Carriers Inc.
In 2002, the shipowners Wilh. Wilhelmsen (Norway) and Wallenius Lines (Sweden) each took over a 40 per cent share of the car carrier division of Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM). Hyundai and KIA hold the remaining 20 per cent in EUKOR Car Carriers Inc.
In 2013, the company transported around 4.4 million vehicles worldwide with its fleet of 85 car carriers.
The greenports strategy: more sustainability at the ports and terminals and at the bremenports company
bremenports, the port management company, rolled out its greenports strategy in 2009, in close cooperation with the Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and the Ports. The strategy is aimed at boosting sustainability at the ports and terminals and at the bremenports company. This claim applies equally to economic, ecological and social aspects. For example, the engineers and environmental planners at bremenports have introduced many measures to protect nature and the environment, ranging from sophisticated ecological compensation schemes for quay and lock construction projects to finding solutions for environmentally friendly port operations. The company’s certified environmental and sustainability management systems satisfy the most stringent standards.