Denmark’s Maersk is partnering with customers, deploying big data and upgrading its fleet to make shipping more sustainable
Danish shipping company Maersk Line has cut emissions per container moved by 42% since 2007, and is aiming for 60% by 2020. It has cut fuel consumption through a basket of measures: choosing optimal routes given wind and currents; slower speeds; and cargo planning.
“An important aspect of this optimisation is how we use big data to guide our decisions,” explains Mads Stensen, senior global adviser on sustainability. Maersk Line’s Global Voyage Centre in Mumbai monitors fleet performance 24 hours a day, which means better fleet management, delivery times, onboard issue resolution and energy efficiency.
It will monitor the impact of a $125m energy efficiency retrofit on 12 Maersk vessels that use the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The ports are contributing $1m to a real-time tracking system, which will record emissions from the ships at sea and in berth. Fuel consumption data will be collected alongside variables such as weather, and sent via satellite to the performance centre, where it will be used to boost operational efficiency.
The fuel consumption of each ship is expected to decrease by 10%, which will cut CO2 emissions, alongside polluting sulphur and nitrous oxides. At the project launch...