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Our impact on life below sea and on land

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All human activity including ours has an impact on life on land and in the sea. Our goal is to minimise operational and indirect emissions, and strive for zero spills to the environment.

As part of our environmental certification ISO 14001, Solvang has established an overview of our environmental footprint to sea and land, and rated our impact as “significant” or “non-significant”. All classified as “significant” have programs for controlling/monitoring and reducing our impact. 

To reduce our environmental footprint, we need to deal with all important aspects – preferably at the same time. In fact, reduction of one parameter very often implies an increase in other aspects – which makes this quite challenging. Therefore, the vessels’ design will be a compromise between different aspects. Most of the environmental aspect are also covered by rules and regulations.

Our environmental footprint depends on operation and maintenance of the equipment on board. Wrong operation or poor maintenance can result in emissions far above the expected levels.   

Life on land - exhaust gas emissions

Green shipping is very often reduced to a question of fuel, and vessels with a lot of black smoke are often followed by statements like “we need to get cleaner fuel”. But in fact, fuel has very little to do with extensive black smoke.   

The environmental footprint from our engines and boilers is made up from the interaction between fuel and engine technology, operation and load profile, maintenance and after-treatment of exhaust and/or other discharges.

NOx, CO, THC and particles are controlled by the combustion process/after-treatment of the exhaust gases and not the fuel. This means that focus on engine technology/maintenance and operation is more important than the type of fuel when looking at the harmful emissions to air.

 

Focus on engine technology/maintenance and operation is more important than the type of fuel when looking at the harmful emissions to air.

Environmental aspects for vessels

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