Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) reports that it has established a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) and has started its use in the MOL tanker fleet. The SEEMP provides the most efficient vessel operation method (optimum route selection, appropriate maintenance, etc., considering slow steaming, ocean currents, and weather) to reduce CO2 emissions while ensuring safe operation and maintaining a strict operation schedule.
IMO's Marine Environmental Protection Committee has agreed steps that will make the SEEMP compulsory on all ships at some date. In addition, guidelines on energy efficiency and fuel management have been issued by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF).
Initially, the SEEMP was initiated by MOL Tankship Management (Europe) Ltd. and was rolled out January 1, for all vessels managed by the MOL Tanker Division's in-house companies.
MOL also established the Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator (EEOI) for Tankers which indicates CO2 grams per mile transport of 1 ton cargo, based on actual vessel operation, as an index to verify the SEEMP's effectiveness. While conducting self monitoring, MOL and vessels will set CO2 emissions reduction targets to pursue improved energy efficiency in line with the SEEMP plan.
MOL has promoted the Sempaku ISHIN project, the environment-friendly, next-generation vessel concept since 2009, taking a proactive approach to development and introduction of technologies to reduce CO2 emissions. The company has also taken various other measures to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. The development and introduction of SEEMPs for all ship types, starting with tankers, marks a major step forward in MOL's environmental initiatives. This will achieve safe, high energy efficient vessel operation, with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions per ton-mile by 10 percent in 2015 compared to FY 2009.
January 13, 2011