Zero Emissions Vessels Report

In 2017, the SSI commissioned Lloyd’s Register and University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) to undertake a study examining the viability of zero emission vessels entering the trans-oceanic fleets from 2030, and the key drivers that would be required in order to achieve this outcome. The study shows that advanced biofuels may represent the most economically feasible zero-emission alternative for the shipping industry but face two key issues: sustainability and availability.

The findings of the 2018 study by Lloyd’s Register and UMAS led to the development of a decarbonisation working group with the goal of conducting further work around the sustainability and availability of biofuels.

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China Navigation Company I Sustainable Ship Recycling

The China Navigation Company Ltd. (“CNCo”) is one of a small group of companies that has been working for over five years to help develop more sustainable Ship Recycling Facilities (“SRF”). This has been evidenced most recently in the Alang-Sosiya area on the coast of Gujarat state in western India; to help develop willing and proactive SRF to operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner during the recycling of ships at the end of their economic lives.

CNCo sets strict standards, based on both its company policies and global standards such as the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (“HKC”), even prior to its coming into force internationally, that must be met by SRF before they will be accepted as tenderers. CNCo then establishes clear contractual arrangements with the selected Ship Recycling Facilities, through which CNCo will work with the yards to encourage them to continually raise standards, conditions and work practices.

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Social Sustainability

Time period: 2014-2016

Members involved: Cargill, Gearbulk, IMC

Seafarer’s lives onboard ships are not in the social consciousness of the general public. This invisibility is a concern when we consider seafarer welfare issues and ongoing recruitment into the industry.

Unlike shore-based careers, seafarers spend their lives in their workplace, with little interaction outside of their colleagues. The life of a seafarer has always been one of relative isolation; however, over recent years, with great technological advances on shore, this isolation has become more apparent and can be a significant barrier to recruiting new seafarers

The welfare of seafarers should be a key concern for all those in the shipping industry. The SSI is committed to making seafaring a more attractive career choice by identifying barriers to entry for young people, and by increasing the overall quality of life on board ships.

The SSI carried out an initial scoping study on the availability of information on maritime careers. The study first looked at what is needed to attract young people to shipping and identified a need for a single point where all necessary resources can be found by young people.

The working group also undertook research on the liveability aspects of life on board. The analysis of these results, coupled with the adoption, ratification and implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) provisions, prompted the SSI to develop a best practice charter to enhance seafarer welfare.

This charter was developed for adoption by shipowners, operators and managers to adopt, demonstrating their recognition of seafarers’ contribution to the value of their operations, and that they are going beyond compliance to implement voluntary provisions in the MLC.

Since the development and publication of the charter, SSI member RightShip has introduced inspections of liveability aspects into their rating products, which we welcome.


Financing sustainable shipping: Final report

2012-2013 saw SSI members ABN Amro, AkzoNobel, Forum for the Future, Maersk, and Wärtsilä work together to develop Save As You Sail (SAYS) – a robust financing package to enable both owners and charterers to benefit from efficiency upgrades with a transparent understanding of expected savings, and new financing facilities for fund upfront costs.

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Closed-loop materials management: Final report

The Closed-loop materials management (CLMM) working group between 2012-2013 explored the potential role of collecting and tracking data about materials used in ship construction, carrying out three pilot projects and a set of stakeholder consultations to understand the future role and opportunities for a closed loop economy in shipbuilding, operation and recycling.

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A step change in energy technology and innovation uptake: Final report

Part of the Clean Technology working group between 2012-2013, this slide deck explores what it would take it enable the widespread uptake of step-change technologies and operational techniques to contribute to the reduction of ship energy consumption and drastically cut GHG emissions.

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Credible benchmarking: Final report

The Rating schemes working group (2012-2013) brought together SSI members BP Shipping, Carnival Corporation, DNV, Forum for the Future, Maersk, Lloyd’s Register, Rio Tinto, Unilever and WWF. The group worked with Southampton Solent University to promote sustainability rating schemes in shipping, identifying a number of barriers to uptake.

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SSI Quarterly Newsletter - December 2016

The latest SSI newsletter is now available, click here to read more.

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SSI Member included in the STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index

We are proud to announce that Wartsila, a member of the SSI has been included in the STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index. The STOXX Global ESG Leaders index offers a representation of the leading global companies in terms of environmental, social and governance criteria. The index is made of the following three ESG sub-indices: the STOXX Global ESG Environmental Leaders, the STOXX Global ESG Social Leaders and the STOXX Global ESG Governance Leaders indices.

According to Marko Vainikka, Director, Corporate Relations and Sustainability, "We are very pleased to note, that this selection places us in the group of sector leaders in sustainability. Lately we have been working especially with ensuring the ethicality of our activities globally, and enforcing the Wärtsilä Code of Conduct visibility and understanding throughout the organisation,”.

Ian Petty, General Manager SSI commented;

“We are delighted for Wartsila being recognised by the STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index, it highlights that our members are seen by the global community as leaders in sustainability through their work in the maritime sector. This recognition demonstrates the importance of continued work within the shipping industry to make our sector more sustainable and environmentally conscious”.

For more information please visit the Wartsila link below; http://www.wartsila.com/media/news/10-11-2016-wartsila-included-in-the-stoxx-global-esg-leaders-index

 

About the Sustainable Shipping Initiative

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is an independent charity, comprised of ambitious leaders spanning the whole shipping value chain from charterers and ship owners, to ship yards, class societies and technology companies.

The SSI’s objective is to make sustainability mainstream; working with its members and other shipping stakeholders to create a more environmentally responsible, socially conscious, safer, accountable, and more economically profitable industry.  One that is truly sustainable by 2040, as outlined in its Vision.

The SSI was founded by global sustainability non-profit organisation Forum for the Future in conjunction with WWF, the global conservation NGO and a number of leading shipping industry companies. Forum for the Future and WWF remain as SSI NGO members.


SSI calls on IMO and Member States to continue progress made at MEPC 70

Critical work must now be done to enable shipping industry to define the ‘level of ambition’ for emissions reduction

London – 31 October 2016The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI”), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, today stated that it was cautiously optimistic following progress made at the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Marine Environmental Protection Committee meeting (MEPC 70). At the event, the IMO and member states set out a roadmap for developing a strategy to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from shipping by 2023, as called for by the SSI and other industry stakeholders. However, it is critical that significant work be conducted prior to MEPC 71 in May 2017 to ensure the momentum for change is maintained.

“The development of a GHG emissions reduction roadmap to 2023, and the adoption of an initial strategy with short, medium and long-term measures in 2018 is a positive step forwards for the shipping industry,” said Ian Petty, General Manager, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative.

“However, significant work still needs to be conducted to maintain momentum and enable the industry to agree on the level of ambition for emissions reduction.”

The SSI believes that further progress needs to be made in the build up to MEPC 71 in May 2017 and the IMO’s intercessional working group meeting on GHG emissions taking place during the preceding week. This includes a critical assessment of the future predicted demand for shipping in line with global economic growth, a detailed cost benefit analysis, as well as an understanding of current and future capabilities for emissions reduction, which will enable the IMO and member states to agree an appropriate ‘level of ambition’ and a fair playing field for the industry that will see shipping fairly and effectively contribute to achieving the below 2-degrees warming targets agreed at COP21 in December 2015.

The SSI also welcomes the integration of the IMO’s third GHG study (2012) with the MRV data collection scheme, and the provision for the development of a fourth GHG study from 2012 to 2018, which will bridge the gap on data analysis.

Based on research conducted with the University College of London’s Energy Institute, and in line with its own Roadmap to creating a sustainable industry, the SSI believes that average EEOI’s need to reduce by 80% on 2012 levels by 2050. This requires a reduction of between 25%-30% in emissions every decade from now until 2040.

Ian Petty concluded:

“We must be under no illusions that while defining a roadmap is progress, the challenge to reduce shipping’s impact on climate change remains significant. There can be no stalling or derailing of plans. The industry must now continue to work together with purpose and urgency to put in place the elements that will define its contribution to global emissions reduction, so that the real process for action and implementation can begin.”

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About the Sustainable Shipping Initiative

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is an independent charity, comprised of ambitious leaders spanning the whole shipping value chain from charterers and ship owners, to ship yards, class societies and technology companies.

The SSI’s objective is to make sustainability mainstream; working with its members and other shipping stakeholders to create a more environmentally responsible, socially conscious, safer, accountable, and more economically profitable industry. One that is truly sustainable by 2040, as outlined in its Vision.

The SSI was founded by global sustainability non-profit organisation Forum for the Future in conjunction with WWF, the global conservation NGO and a number of leading shipping industry companies. Forum for the Future and WWF remain as SSI NGO members.

For further information, please contact:

Nick Blythe

Blue Comms

T + (44) 07917 138 723

E: nick@blue-comms.com