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Yang Ming beats IMO emission targets 11 years ahead of schedule

TAIWAN's Yang Ming has said its carbon emissions per TEU/kilometre have dropped by 51 per cent since 2008 and that it has reached IMO sustainability 11 years ahead of schedule

07 July 2020 - 19:00

TAIWAN's Yang Ming has said its carbon emissions per TEU/kilometre have dropped by 51 per cent since 2008 and that it has reached IMO sustainability 11 years ahead of schedule.

To achieve this, Yang Ming said it has formulated several long-term strategies, including implementing 12 vessel modification and optimisation projects, reports London's Port Technology International.



It is also accelerating the vessel renewal plan and will take ships over 20 years of age out of operation and add ten 2,800-TEU, twenty 14,000-TEU and fourteen 11,000-TEU eco-friendly ships to its fleet.



In addition, Yang Ming has cooperated with weather service provider Weathernews Inc (WNI) to build a monitoring system to manage fuel consumption and reduce green house gas emissions, and further evaluate the possibility of developing duel-fuel engine such as LNG or other engines that can perform with carbon-neutral alternative fuels.



Yang Ming has also ensured an early transition to use low sulphur fuel oil at Kaohsiung port and Shenzhen port in 2018, said the report.



In the fourth quarter of 2019, Yang Ming's fleet has switched to very-low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) with sulphur content lower than 0.5 per cent and reduced sulphur oxide emission by 80 per cent compared to traditional heavy fuel oil.



Yang Ming has also joined vessel speed reduction programmes initiated by US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NO) and Taiwan International Ports Corporation to protect the marine ecology.


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