Robert Howe, Managing Director of bremenports, presented the greenports award at the Sustainable Shipping 2015 conference in Bremen on Tuesday (6 October 2015). The award went to the most eco-friendly vessel to call at the ports of Bremen in 2014. This year’s winner is the general cargo vessel “Wilson Dover”, which belongs to the fleet of the Wilson shipping company from Norway. The award was first launched last year.
The story behind the award is as follows: in 2012, Bremen’s Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports introduced the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) which calculates the extent to which a vessel’s emissions fall below the internationally prescribed limits. Shipowners who serve the ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven with particularly eco-friendly vessels can apply for a discount on the port fees. In 2014, applications were submitted for 80 port calls by 45 seagoing vessels.
Howe explained that Bremen grants the greenports award in recognition of a shipping company’s endeavours to reduce the energy consumption and harmful emissions of its fleet. The 2014 prizewinner “Wilson Dover” had an average ESI score of 41.8, giving her the edge over the “Aniara” (40.7) operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen and last year’s winner “Morning Linda” (40.2) of EUKOR Car Carriers, which ranked in second and third places. The best container vessel in the ESI ranking was the Maersk liner “Gerd Maersk” (40.1).
The “Wilson Dover” is a short-sea carrier which calls at the port in the city of Bremen at irregular intervals. Even before maritime shipping was obliged to comply with new and far stricter sulphur emission levels in parts of Europe at the start of 2015, the “Wilson Dover” had already consistently operated with low-sulphur marine diesel.
The Wilson fleet consists of 111 general cargo and bulk carriers which carry more than 14 million tons per annum, according to its Managing Director Thorbjorn Dalsoren. “Each of our vessels can carry any type of cargo and it is this flexibility which accounts for the excellent capacity utilisation of our fleet of around 87 per cent.” Dalsoren believes that the combination of good capacity utilisation, low fuel consumption and lower speeds (slow steaming) is the right strategy to improve sustainability in the maritime shipping business.
The greenports award competition also included a second eco-ranking to identify the shipowner or charterer which served the Bremen/Bremerhaven ports with the most environmentally friendly fleet last year. Here, again, Wilson outperformed its competitors. The shipping companies Rederi AB Veritas Tankers and EUKOR Car Carriers were awarded 2nd and 3rd place.
Award winner MS “Wilson Dover”: facts and figures
• IMO number: 9005754
• Flag: Barbados
• Owner: Rederei Wilson, Bergen, Norway
• Built: 1993
• Shipyard: Estaleiros Navais do Mondego, Portugal
• Length: 87.42 metres
• Beam: 13.0 metres
• Draught: 5.07 metres
• Deadweight tonnage: 3269 tdw
• Gross tonnage: 2480