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Energy Efficiency Initiatives

Energy Efficiency Program

We are committed to reduce emissions makes energy efficiency a priority matter for the Company. In 2008, the Company began the Energy Efficiency Program which defines concrete measures for reducing fuel consumption and the corresponding gas emissions.   These measures include:
  • Definition and control of the optimum speed: A series of measures has been developed for establishing the minimum optimum sailing speeds for the different commercial routes in order to comply with commercial requirement while minimizing fuel consumption and the gas emissions this generates.
  • Support for ships in selecting the optimum route: the Company provides ships operating trans-oceanic routes with a support service that suggests the best voyage route, based on weather conditions in the area of the voyage, thus optimizing fuel consumption and also benefiting the safety of the crew, the ship and the cargo. The success of this initiative is largely due to the great support and acceptance of the scheme by ship captains.
  • Propeller cleaning program: One of the important factors in performance and fuel consumption of the ship is the state of its propeller. A periodic cleaning program was therefore established, carried out by specialized companies, which permits a control of its condition, maintains its efficiency and assures suitable fuel consumption.
  • Ballast optimization program: In order not to unnecessarily consume fuel in dead-weight transport, the use of ballast is optimized while complying with the ship's stability requirements in a joint work with the captains.
  • Fuel audit program: In addition to the above measures, the Company established a permanent ship-audit program, when a control is made of the on-board fuel inventory and its quality, to ensure that no undesired fuels are being consumed. The results of these audits are then compared with the available technical data.

Other initiatives

In 2009 we decided to take a further step in its commitment with the environment by joining, in February 2010, the select group of companies forming the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG), an organization whose purpose is to reduce the environmental impact of the global transport of products. The principal containership shipping companies and some of the Company's principal global customers participate in this organization. CCWG in turn forms part of BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), a leading organization in matters of corporate social responsibility, with headquarters in San Francisco, USA.
CCWG works through periodic meetings in which different work groups cover subjects relating to the environment and the shipping business. We participate on regular benchmarks that CCWG regarding CO2 emissions.
Additionally, we participate on the Santiago Climate Exchange, which is part of our initiative to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the Southern Hemisphere. To achieve these targets, we focus our efforts in maintaining high standards in the operation of our fleet and other aspects of our business.

Incorporation of latest-generation ships

CSAV Group has signed an agreement to build seven 9,300 TEU vessels. This investment will permit to increase owned fleet from 37% to 55%, improving its level of control over fleet emissions.  These new vessels, which will be delivered at the end of 2014, will produce important savings in fuel positively impacting fleet emissions.
These vessels have been evaluated using the Energy Efficiency Design Index, verifying that they are not only complying but also surpassing green house gas emission standards.
Even when CO2 emissions have been reduced through the above energy-efficiency initiatives, the new ships include current technologies in emission reduction.
  • Engine design: Main engine with electronic combustion control and equipped with turbo chargers that offer a wide and efficient range of power in its operation.
  • Fuel purifiers: The ships have more efficient purification equipment for the treatment of fuels, thus permitting improved cleaning.
  • Hull design: Devices are incorporated that direct water flows toward the propeller, thus reducing fuel consumption and gas emissions.