At Seaspan Ship Management Ltd., we want to be good corporate citizens and contribute positively to our environment. In doing so, we are proud to be part of a company that recognizes the importance of environmental care and the prevention of environmental pollution.
Although our vessels are relatively young and many years will pass before they are retired, we’re ensuring that our ships will be recycled in a way that does not pose risk to human health and safety, or to the environment. All of our new builds delivered after 2009 have an Inventory of Hazardous Material (IHM) or similar notation. This IHM notation identifies, locates, and lists all hazardous and potentially hazardous material onboard a vessel, which will enable the ships to be recycled safely.
Seaspan has installed Alternative Marine Power (AMP) equipment on 18 of our vessels. This equipment will allow these ships to connect to shore power and switch off their auxiliary engines while at berth. Switching off these engines will cut down on our emissions of SOx, particulate matter and NOx in the immediate vicinity of the port.
Recently, we’ve also forged new ground in the realm of green technologies and initiatives. Our 5100 TEU MOL Emerald became the first containership worldwide to achieve DNV’s Triple E rating for environmental and energy efficiency, recently rising from a level 4 to level 3 designation in February 2011.
SAVER is a Seaspan initiative started in 2009 that aims to build a culture focused on energy efficiency within our fleet and its operations. The specific objective of the SAVER initiative is to reduce the level of CO2 emissions produced by our fleet by reducing fuel oil consumption.
We are currently implementing and testing Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP) on two of our vessels, the 5100 TEU MOL Emerald and the 4250 TEU Saigon Express, with the intention to roll out like initiatives to the entire fleet at a later date. These SEEMPs are ship-specific tools developed to help manage energy use onboard. Our SEEMPs focus on operational, mechanical, design-based and communicational improvements, and will be updated on a regular basis. Our SEEMPs follow the guidelines laid out by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). As of 2013, the IMO will make the implementation of SEEMPs mandatory within the shipping sector in an effort to control CO2 emissions.