Danish shipping company Maersk Line has partnered with the US ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to monitor emissions from its 12 newly upgraded container vessels that visit the ports.
As part of the latest deal, high-tech equipment will be installed to track vessel emissions and energy efficiency over the next three years.
Additionally, both the ports will provide a total of $1m, under their joint technology advancement programme (TAP), to install real-time tracking systems to track vessel emissions while all the 12 Maersk Line ships are at sea and at berth.
With the new partnership, Maersk Line aims to realise its goal to reduce 60% of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other pollutants by 2020.
The company has already invested $125m to retrofit the vessels that will help in reducing emissions.
Conducted under Maersk Line’s ‘The Connected Vessel Programme’, the upgrade of the ships has also allowed the company to handle more container volumes.
Maersk Line environment and sustainability director Dr Lee Kindberg said: “This is the equivalent of strapping a Fitbit onto a large container ship.
“We’ll be tracking vessel performance and emissions 24/7.
“This advances our ability to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants on a global scale.”
The company also noted that under the latest partnership, the amount of fuel to be consumed by each vessel engine, along with speed, engine power, weather and other operational variables, as well as major performance data would be constantly recorded.
The recorded data will be uploaded to Maersk Line servers, enabling the upgraded ships to communicate in real-time with Maersk Line’s Global Vessel Performance Centre (GVPC) to increase operational efficiency.
Image: High-tech equipment will be installed to track vessel emissions and energy efficiency of 12 Maersk Line vessels over the next three years. Photo: courtesy of Maersk Line A/S.