b'The ro/ro ship Orcelle Wind underway. (Courtesy of Wallenius Wilhelmsen)Thereisagrowingcallforindustry-widebestpracticesand5. Carbon offsetting: Some companies in the ro/ro shipping and standards for alternatively fueled vehicles and electric vehicles,terminal industry are investing in carbon offset projects to com-particularlyfordeep-seavoyages.TheInternationalMaritimepensate for their emissions. Organization (IMO) has established a task force to address theseIMO and Ro/Rochallenges and is expected to focus on safety and handling of electric vehicles. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set a target Collaboration and digitalization are watchwords for the ro/roto reduce the shipping industrys greenhouse gas emissions by at industry. Here are some developments:least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels.1. Alternative fuels: Ro/ro companies and associated terminalIn a related development, one of the first shipping companies in industries are exploring the use of alternative fuels, such as liq- the First Movers Coalition, Hegh Autoliners, committed to running uefied natural gas (LNG), biofuels, and hydrogen, to reduce theirat least 5% of its deep sea shipping on zero-emission fuels by 2030, carbon footprint. For example, Swedish shipping company Stenaenabled by ships capable of using zero-emission fuels.Line has invested in the development of vessels powered by meth- FMC said if enough global companies commit a certain percent-anol and battery technology. age of their future purchasing to clean technologies in this decade, 2. Energy efficiency: Ro/ro shipping companies are investingthis will create a market tipping point that will accelerate their in energy-efficient technologies to reduce fuel consumption andaffordability and drive long-term, net-zero transformation across emissions. This includes the use of advanced hull designs, air lubri- industrial value chains. All FMC members must deliver their com-cation systems, wind energy, and waste heat recovery systems.mitments by 2030.Terminal operators are implementing energy-efficient equipment,Andreas Enger, CEO of Hegh Autoliners, said the line is com-such as electric cranes and automated guided vehicles, to reducemitted to addressing the long-term transportation needs of major emissions at the port. original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by establishing lasting 3.Digitalization:Theindustryisembracingdigitalizationtorelationships with customers in its core trade networks. optimize operations and reduce emissions. This includes the useEnger said the introduction of the environmentally friendlyAurora of data analytics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of ThingsClassvessels incomingyearswillofferclientstheindustrys (IoT) to improve route planning, vessel performance, and cargolowest carbon footprint. Joining FMC is a decisive step on our handling.path to zero and our ambitious target of being carbon neutral by 4. Collaboration: Ro/ro shipping companies and terminal oper- 2040,he noted.ators are increasingly collaborating with other stakeholders, suchThrough the Aurora program, We firmly believe we will be able to as governments, technology providers, and research institutions,meet or exceed the aim of having 5% of our deep sea operation on to develop and implement innovative solutions for reducing emis- carbon neutral fuels. It is a definitive step in Heghs commitment sions. For example, the Getting to Zero Coalition, a partnershipto a net zero emissions future by 2040, Enger said.between the Global Maritime Forum, the World Economic Forum,The82-memberFirstMoversCoalitionwaslaunchedduring and Friends of Ocean Action, aims to accelerate the developmentCOP-26 in Glasgow in November 2021 and was initiated by the US of zero-emission vessels and fuels. State Department, through Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, and the World Economic Forum.Back to Contents THE UNCONTAINED 17'