OOCL Wins 'Green Award 2012'
We are pleased to announce that OOCL was presented with the ‘Green Award’ by the Marine Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government and Hong Kong Shipowners Association in recognizing our consistent efforts and dedication to taking a green approach in our business.
This is the third consecutive year that OOCL has received this recognition and is a testimony that OOCL has consistently achieved tangible results in reducing its emissions and protecting the environment.
At a special awards presentation event held on March 9, 2012, Mr. S C Tai, General Manager of Fleet Management cum Technical Director of OOCL represented the company to receive the award from the Chairman of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, Mr. Alan Tung.
Over the years, OOCL has been devoting its efforts to embracing innovative technology and methods to reducing emissions from our operations. Since 2000, all our vessels have been installed with environment-friendly NOx-controlled propulsive engines with advanced slide fuel injection valves to help reduce NOx emissions by 30%.
On perceiving that the best way to reduce harmful emissions in the shipping industry is to reduce the consumption of fuel, OOCL has implemented a fuel saving program since 2001 which include the implementation of weather routing systems, slow steaming, minimizing ballast water to help achieve a lighter vessel load, and better trim of ship draughts by good stowage, thereby burning less fuel. By taking these measures, we have reduced our CO2 emissions by more than 27% since 2004 and helped our customers lower their carbon footprint in their supply chain.
In 2010, We went further to help bring other liners together to take part in the Fair Winds Charter, a voluntary program encouraging vessels to use fuel of 0.5% sulphur content or less when berthed at the Hong Kong port.
The Green Award is an important recognition and encouragement to the industry for taking responsibility in its effects on the environment. OOCL, in many aspects, has already exceeded many international requirements and industry standards in the countries where it operates. However, as a responsible and committed member of the international community, OOCL will continue to strive for further improvements in all aspects of our business for a greener future.
Mr. S C Tai (L) received the 'Green Award 2012' from Mr. Alan Tung (R)