Over the past 12 years, WWL has saved 186,500 tons of sulphur emissions as a result of its global low sulphur fuel policy.
The single biggest environmental gain for WWL will come from the continued reduction of sulphur emissions across its entire fleet. Over the past 12 years, WWL has saved 186,500 tons of sulphur emissions as a result of its global low sulphur fuel policy. The latest innovation is the launch of a proactive, four-stream approach for sulphur compliance solutions.
<0.5% Bunker Oil
WWL believes that <0.5% low sulphur bunker oil could become a viable longterm solution to sulphur regulation compliance. As an upstream solution, the sulphur is taken care of at source, making this a very manageable solution.
Other Energy Sources
Alternative energy sources will be explored through research and development projects. WWL is working together with its owners to explore the possibilities presented by alternatives such as LNG, biodiesel, solar power and a host of other energy sources. The objective is to develop a potential competitive advantage for WWL interms of price stability, availability and the possibility of decoupling from fossil fuels in the future.
Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems
Scrubbers (abatement systems) are a technical approach to compliance. They work by removing sulphur from the vessel’s exhaust gases. As of yet, there is no operational experience of the size and type of installation required for WWL’s vessels. But plans are in place to conduct a pilot project to evaluate the design, technical, operational, safety, environmental and regulatory issues related to scrubber installations.
Another route to compliance would be a switch to distillate fuel, such as Marine Gas Oil (MGO). The use of distillate requires some onboard adjustments, albeit relatively minor ones. The bigger issue concerns the medium to long-term pricing and availability of distillate fuels.