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APL calls on shippers, carriers to join environmental effort

  20.05.2010    

APL called for help in the effort to curb global trade's impact on the environment.  In a speech here at the Green Tech 2010 conference, the carrier's Environmental Affairs Director urged carriers and shippers to join the international Clean Cargo Working Group.
"We need to expand the membership and continue the environmental progress that can only be realized through this unique collaborative effort," said APL's Kevin Krick, a U.S. Navy Commander and Coast Guard dual-licensed deck and engineering officer.  "It's imperative that shippers and shipping companies continue to work together through the group." 
The 30-member working group includes some of the biggest names in retailing and consumer products as well as 14 top container shipping lines.  Their aim is to measure the environmental impact of global trade, then hasten advancements in emissions and pollution control.   
But they need help, Krick told an audience of maritime leaders and shippers.   He urged greater membership to assist the working group in environmental mitigation measures that include: 
-- Emission metrics to rate carriers' environmental performance;
-- Operating standards for those who transport global trade; and
-- The adoption of technology and operating procedures that will reduce CO2 emissions worldwide. 
In the past four years, carriers affiliated with the Clean Cargo Working Group have reduced CO2 emission rates by more than 25% Krick said.  "Our vision is for the working group’s tools and methodology to become the industry standard." 
APL joined the Clean Cargo Working Group in 2005.  It has adopted many of the industry's leading emissions control practices including slow steaming and the use of low-sulfur fuel.   
In 2011 it will become the only carrier to cold-iron ships at the Port of Oakland, California. Cold-ironing permits vessels to connect to shoreside sources of electricity.  In that way, they can shut down engines and eliminate exhaust emissions.


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