Shipping

NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND CHANGED BEHAVIOUR

As part of an energy efficiency project in 2013, Stena Bulk increased the fleet’s fuel efficiency by as much as 14 percent compared with 2012. The aim of the project is to achieve an annual increase of 3 percent in fuel efficiency, measured in transported cargo (tonnes) in relation to fuel consumed (tonnes).

Reduced bunker consumption has brought financial savings of SEK 65 million, and has reduced carbon emissions by over 100,000 tonnes and sulphur dioxide emissions by 1,400 tonnes.

The increased efficiency is partly due to a higher share of eco ships in Stena Bulk’s fleet, but the energy efficiency increase has mainly been achieved through more detailed monitoring of ships’ energy consumption, which in turn has resulted in operational measures such as reduced speed and closer and more frequent monitoring of fuel consumption.

Continuing quality assurance of NMM's work

Northern Marine Management’s (NMM) oper­ations are certified under various international standards such as ISO9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environment) and ISO50001 (Energy). In August 2013, NMM was also certified to OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety System).

Vessel bulb adaptation provides increased energy efficiency

At Stena Teknik, there are many projects in progress aimed at improving vessels’ energy efficiency. One example is a Stena Line project which involves adapting vessels’ bulbs to today’s low speeds. The bulb is the part of the hull which by means of its shape reduces a ship’s wake, thereby decreasing its energy consumption. The project represents an annual fuel saving of 10,000 tonnes of bunker oil, equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 1,600 homes.

Reduced piracy off the Somali coast

Piracy attacks continues to be a threat to the safety of seafarers worldwide, although the number of attacks in 2013 fell to the lowest level in six years. One of the worst hit areas in recent years has been the coast of Somalia. Since 2012, Stena has been involved in a UN-led project aimed at strengthening civil society in Somalia and reducing pirate attacks in the area, thereby increasing safety for seafarers. The project continued in 2013, and included dialogue with representatives from the local community to identify participants in training initiatives.

First passenger ship certified to DNV Triple-E

In 2013, Stena RoRo’s vessel Norman Asturias, currently on charter to LD Lines, achieved a Triple-E rating under DNV’s environmental and energy efficiency rating scheme – a system for helping to continuously improve ships’ energy and environmental impacts. This is the first passenger vessel in the world to achieve the rating. Stena RoRo has had four of its ships rated Triple-E since 2011.

Emergency aid to the Philippines

On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan swept over large parts of the Philippines. Over 6,000 people are estimated to have been killed as a result of the typhoon and about four million lost their homes. The Philippines is a major shipping nation and there are over 2,000 Filipino seafarers within Stena’s organisation. In order to provide immediate support and ensure the well-being of the Group’s Filipino colleagues, Stena Rederi, Stena Drilling and Northern Marine Management set up an emergency fund. The money was distributed to those in need through the organisation PTCI (Philippine Trans Marine Carriers, Inc.) with which Stena has a long-established partnership.

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