We operate in the sensitive waters of the Baltic Sea and
Arctic areas. Safety and responsibility are our first priorities.
Having said this, we must admit it is not always
easy to deliver what we promise. During last few years
we have devoted a lot of time and resources to improve
our human and technology standards, but we acknowledge
we still are far away from being perfect and a lot of
work remains. Our main task is to provide all our employees
onboard and ashore a safe working environment
and bring them safely back home. Responsibility for
colleagues cannot be compromised by any individual.
Every industry is today facing a great sustainability
challenge driven first of all by climate change. We
have witnessed the change in prevailing weather conditions
on the Baltic Sea, where the amount of winter
ice has decreased over the years but the number of
days with heavy winds has simultaneously increased
significantly. That is why we act wherever we can.
Many of our clients belong to industries utilizing large
amounts of valuable natural resources in their production.
And all of them are looking for solutions how
to decrease their environmental footprint. We are actively
participating this development and working together
with our clients in order to minimize the footprint
caused by sea transport of raw materials. This
means, for example, reducing harmful air emissions
at sea and in ports by introducing new LNG technology,
minimizing shipboard waste and dry bulk cargo
residues into the sea by implementing adequate
ways to handle residues on board and pump them
into reception facilities. We are also dry bulk shipping
first to install shore power connection into our ships.
Because we know we are part of the problem, we
strongly support global regulation of CO2-emissions
in shipping. In this respect, International Chamber
of Shipping has prepared an industry proposal to International
Maritime Organization IMO, hopefully resulting
in a global roadmap for significant long-term
emission reductions. In our newbuilding project, we
are successfully demonstrating it is possible to combine
a solid business case with CO2-emission reduction
exceeding 50 percent. A perfect showcase
what can be done in deep co-operation with an
industrial client, when there is mutual will to do so.
We offer our clients reliable, safe and flexible deliveries
regardless weather and ice conditions as sustainable
as possible. Not always easy, but definitely worth working
ESL Shipping Ltd