Many factors, such as the size and loading level of the vessel, affect the final environmental benefit of shipping. An important factor is the ship's speed and a ship that can maintain normal speed, generating large environmental benefits.
In recent months, APM Terminals in Gothenburg saw that many of the vessels arriving at the port of Gothenburg arrived later than agreed time windows. In order to arrive on time to the next port, vessels would need to increase their speed and thus fuel consumption. A simple rule of thumb is that vessels that need to run 10% faster to recover lost time increase fuel consumption and thus emissions by 20%, according to a report by CE Delft.
In order to avoid this and minimize environmental impact, APM Terminals Gothenburg has taken the necessary steps to ensure that the vessels arriving late, still depart within the appointed time. The latest survey showed that 22% of vessels arrived later than agreed, but despite this 96% of the vessels leave the port within the stipulated time, or even earlier.
- It is valuable for our customers that the vessels keep their often tight schedules. If a ship can leave earlier from the terminal, opportunities are created for both reduced costs and less environmental impact through optimized speed and fuel consumption, says Magnus Lundberg, COO.