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Hamburg Süd and Electrolux aim to reduce sulfur in ports

Hamburg Süd has joined forces with Electrolux to reduce sulfur emissions when vessels call at South American ports. The parties will share the costs.

Photo: PR-foto/Hamburg Süd

Germany's Hamburg Süd, which was acquired by Maersk Line just before Christmas, has joined forces with Sweden's Electrolux on a huge environmental issue – shipping's sulfur emissions, which from 2020 will be globally regulated.

During March, the two parties attempted the second pilot of a 7,144 teu vessel when it was docked in ports in Mexico, Peru and Chile. Rather than letting the ship's engines run on heavy fuel oil, HFO, while it was docked at port, the parties swapped it for the cleaner fuel marine gas oil, which is largely cleansed of sulfur content. As a result, sulfur dioxide emissions were reduced by over 95 percent, report the two carriers in a press release.

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