APL performs an annual, corporate-wide, carbon inventory, identifying all
Scope 1 direct emissions from our ships, terminals and warehousing operations. Since 2010, our carbon footprint is independently verified by a third-party class society verifier. APL’s 2015 goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with cargo transportation and handling to 30% below 2009 emissions levels. We are on target to reach this goal and the initiatives listed on this sheet represent just some of our measures to achieve it.
New Builds: APL has introduced 10 new vessels with another 22 to be delivered in the next two years. These larger, environmentally friendly, energy efficient and cold-iron capable ships will further reduce carbon and criteria pollutant emissions in our fleet operations.
Seawater Scrubber: APL took the lead in installing and testing an advanced emission control technology in which seawater is used to scrub contaminants from a ship’s auxiliary engines and boiler before exiting the exhaust stack of a ship. This technology reduces PM by up to 85%, VOC by 90%, NOx by 10%, and nearly eliminates all SOx emissions.
Ballast Water Treatment: APL pioneered an innovative Venturi oxygen stripping system to eradicate invasive species in ballast water without chemicals.
Electro-Chlorination systems are installed on APL new builds.
Green Passport: Used for all APL line-haul vessels, this certificate documents the hazardous material used in construction. It accompanies the ship throughout its operating life and is updated during equipment changes. The ultimate owner of the ship will deliver it with the vessel to the recycling facility to allow for proper processing of the materials
Slow Steaming and Route Optimization: Operating vessels at slower speeds, reduces emissions including CO2, CO, SOx, NOx, and PM. For our customers, slow steaming means a lower carbon footprint per TEU. Similarly, our advanced route optimization systems aid in planning the most fuel efficient and on-time voyages.
Port Programs: APL vessels routinely participate in port related initiatives, from cleaner burning fuels to voluntary speed reductions, all of which improve air quality.