The health of our planet is dependent upon the health of our oceans. Climate change continues to wreak havoc on ocean habitats. Moving the needle on climate change can’t be done by one company alone. In 2017, we took a step to drive collective action on climate change by joining We Are Still In, a coalition of companies, cities, states and universities who reaffirmed their commitment to uphold the 2016 Paris Agreement. By working together, and through encouraging and mentoring industry peers, we look forward to setting, achieving and surpassing our emissions reduction targets and putting our oceans and our planet in a position to thrive for years to come.
In addition to focusing on energy reduction and efficiencies, we believe that it is essential to evaluate and invest in alternative abatement technologies for fossil fuel exhaust emission. Since 2014 we have invested in Advanced Emission Purifications (AEP) systems across our fleet. These systems help us improve air quality. Their multi-stream exhaust gas cleaning systems are designed to treat exhaust gases created by the ship’s generators. They spray exhaust with a fine water mist within the ships funnel/stacks. As the water mist combines with the sulfur dioxide in the exhaust, it causes a chemical reaction and removes the sulfur while producing a clean white plume.
As a result, AEPs remove approximately 98% of sulfur dioxides, 40-60% of total particulate matter and up to 12% of nitrogen oxides.