Resource to Calculate Vessel Efficiency Launched

Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room organisation has launched an online, free-access data resource – – that rates the efficiency of some 60 per cent of the world’s shipping fleet.

The service is designed to help ports, ship owners, operators, charterers, insurance companies, shipbrokers and other stakeholders, to include vessel efficiency when making business decisions.

Shipping Efficiency provides energy efficiency ratings for over 60,000 vessels according to the International Maritime Association’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). A separate search tool available on the site supplies ratings based on the Clean Cargo Working Group Index, which benchmarks container vessels’ CO2 efficiency against other vessels operating on the same major routes.

As we have reported in previous posts, Cavotec’s Alternative Maritime Power, AMP, or ‘cold ironing’, is making a contribution to making the shipping industry cleaner and more efficient – albeit only when vessels are in port.

There are currently some 200 operational AMP systems on ships, while the ports of Los Angeles and Long BeachVancouverSeattleAntwerpGoteborgStockholm and several others across northern Europe have used the technology for many years. We welcome Shipping Efficiency as part of industry’s ongoing efforts to improve efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

European Ports Launch Emissions Scheme

The World Ports Climate Initiative recently announced plans by the ports of Antwerp, Amsterdam, Bremen, Hamburg, Le Havre and Rotterdam to introduce the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), a system that rates ships’ environmental performance while in port.

The voluntary scheme is designed to encourage operators to hasten the introduction of emission reduction programmes, with some terminals pledging to reduce charges for cleaner vessels from January next year. The Dutch ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Moerdijk and Dordrecht will reduce fees for vessels that successfully meet ESI standards.

Cuts in nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulphur oxide (SOx) and particulate matter – adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2008 – came into effect in July this year, although reductions will not be fully implemented before 2020.