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ENVIRONMENT

Improving the environment

Our commitment to the environment

Emissions

In comparison to transporting cargo by plane, truck, rail, and barge, container ships are less harmful in terms of CO₂ emissions per TEUkm. As a global logistics company, however, we view it as our duty to keep an eye on the impact our operations have on the environment. After all, around 90% of international trade is carried out by ocean-going vessels. That’s reason enough to continue improving the environmental footprint of each and every ship. Which is why our goal is to lower the CO₂e emissions of our fleet by 45% between 2009 and 2020.

Carbon footprint calculator

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Energy consumption

Ensuring the efficiency of Hamburg Süd ships in daily operation is the key to using fewer resources. Even during the planning stage, we work with our partners to find new solutions in ship design, such as the optimized hull shape that cuts energy needs by 4%. During ship operation, factors like reducing the speed by 4 knots – called slow steaming – can save up to 40% in fuel. Our state-of-the-art Fleet Operations Center supports ship management by choosing the most efficient route from port to port, taking into consideration the weather and currents. We already managed to reduce the energy consumption of our reefer containers between 2010 and 2015; for newbuilds the savings are more than 30%.

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Ballast water

The container ships of Hamburg Süd are equipped with ballast water tanks that optimize their position in the water. We operate a comprehensive ballast water management system to prevent introducing marine organisms into foreign ecosystems as we take on and discharge water. Part of our fleet is equipped with systems that treat ballast water through filtration and UV rays, for example. Those ships that aren’t yet equipped to do this exchange ballast water at high sea, in accordance with international guidelines.

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Protection of species

Hamburg Süd is committed to fighting the illegal trade of endangered animals and plants. No species listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will be transported by the Hamburg Süd Group. Species listed in Appendix 1 can be viewed here . We’ve also resolved not to transport any shark fins, regardless of the species.

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Oil spills

One of the sustainability goals of Hamburg Süd is to completely avoid oil spills. We’ve instituted a series of measures to minimize the risk of fuel and lubricant from our ships getting into the sea. These include an integrated management system for quality, environment, and safety (ISO 9001 and 14001 and the ISM Code); regular risk analyses; and technical solutions, such as situating fuel tanks in the ship interior where they are especially well protected.

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Sustainable materials

For a long time, the floors of dry containers were all made of tropical wood because it’s particularly hard and durable. One equally practical – and sustainable – alternative is to use bamboo, which grows much more quickly. Therefore, we will equip 95% of all newly built dry containers we order between 2016 and 2020 with floors made of bamboo or other alternative materials.

Emissions

In comparison to transporting cargo by plane, truck, rail, and barge, container ships are less harmful in terms of CO₂ emissions per TEUkm. As a global logistics company, however, we view it as our duty to keep an eye on the impact our operations have on the environment. After all, around 90% of international trade is carried out by ocean-going vessels. That’s reason enough to continue improving the environmental footprint of each and every ship. Which is why our goal is to lower the CO₂e emissions of our fleet by 45% between 2009 and 2020.

Carbon footprint calculator

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Energy consumption

Ensuring the efficiency of Hamburg Süd ships in daily operation is the key to using fewer resources. Even during the planning stage, we work with our partners to find new solutions in ship design, such as the optimized hull shape that cuts energy needs by 4%. During ship operation, factors like reducing the speed by 4 knots – called slow steaming – can save up to 40% in fuel. Our state-of-the-art Fleet Operations Center supports ship management by choosing the most efficient route from port to port, taking into consideration the weather and currents. We already managed to reduce the energy consumption of our reefer containers between 2010 and 2015; for newbuilds the savings are more than 30%.

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Ballast water

The container ships of Hamburg Süd are equipped with ballast water tanks that optimize their position in the water. We operate a comprehensive ballast water management system to prevent introducing marine organisms into foreign ecosystems as we take on and discharge water. Part of our fleet is equipped with systems that treat ballast water through filtration and UV rays, for example. Those ships that aren’t yet equipped to do this exchange ballast water at high sea, in accordance with international guidelines.

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Protection of species

Hamburg Süd is committed to fighting the illegal trade of endangered animals and plants. No species listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will be transported by the Hamburg Süd Group. Species listed in Appendix 1 can be viewed here . We’ve also resolved not to transport any shark fins, regardless of the species.

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Oil spills

One of the sustainability goals of Hamburg Süd is to completely avoid oil spills. We’ve instituted a series of measures to minimize the risk of fuel and lubricant from our ships getting into the sea. These include an integrated management system for quality, environment, and safety (ISO 9001 and 14001 and the ISM Code); regular risk analyses; and technical solutions, such as situating fuel tanks in the ship interior where they are especially well protected.

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Sustainable materials

For a long time, the floors of dry containers were all made of tropical wood because it’s particularly hard and durable. One equally practical – and sustainable – alternative is to use bamboo, which grows much more quickly. Therefore, we will equip 95% of all newly built dry containers we order between 2016 and 2020 with floors made of bamboo or other alternative materials.

Hamburg Süd is a member of many initiatives

Do you have any further questions?

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Feel free to contact us:

Dr. Frank Dubielzig
Environmental Officer
+49 40 37050
sustainability@hamburgsud.com

CO₂ Calculator

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