We nurture the practice of environmental stewardship to promote marine ecology and eco-friendly solutions. The main challenges we face are emissions, ship recycling, plastics, biofouling, and whale collisions.
The shipping sector faces many environmental challenges specific to the nature of its activities, and for a sustainable future, we have a part to do.
So we invest great efforts to protect the environment and minimize out environmental impact.
X-Press Feeders has been a member of the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG), a global shipping industry initiative dedicated to improving the environmental performance of marine container transport through ongoing measurement, evaluation, and reporting. Every vessel’s fuel usage, ship waste and emissions are continually logged and checked. We have also engaged a third party to help us analyze and evaluate on our emissions. We aim to reduce our emissions footprint by 30% by 2030, become GHG emission neutral by 2050, and plastic neutral by 2025. We will use a combination of operational efficiencies and technical upgrades to achieve this; and only using offsets where there is 'real' viable case of sustainable offsets.
To-date we have not had to scrap any vessels, however, we do recognize our fleet is ageing. We are in the process of evaluating to joining the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative, and we support the Hong Kong convention on ship recycling. If selling our second hand vessels for onward trading, we are working to enforce a clause in our sales forms confirming that the next owner agrees to scrap the vessel responsibly.
One of the most common pollution in the ocean is plastic. We have make it a point to try to reduce plastic use both in offices and on vessels. We are looking into engaging a third party vendor for doing an audit on our plastics use on board our vessels.
Biofouling or biological fouling is the accumulation of microorganisms, plants, algae, or small animals where it is not wanted on surfaces, in our case, it would be our ship hulls and equipment. Biofouling occurs everywhere but is most significant economically to the shipping industries, since fouling on a ship's hull significantly increases drag, reducing the overall hydrodynamic performance of the vessel, and increases the fuel consumption. We want to ensure all our operated and non-operated vessels hulls are regularly cleaned to avoid unnecessary additional emissions / fuel consumption due to hull fouling which makes our vessels less efficient. We are exploring the installation of the ultrasonic anti-fouling system on board our vessel.
As international trade expands, shipping traffic increased drastically. Many of the world’s busiest shipping lanes overlap with areas where whales feed and breed. When ships travel quickly through these areas, there is a high risk of collision, injury and death, as whales are often unable to get out of the ship’s path in time. To avoid whales from colliding our vessels, we instruct our operated and non-operated vessels to slow down in whale zones and seasons. We also encourage our crews to report any whale collisions if they do occur basis the IWC ship strike database. And we review the statement of facts to improve our procedures whenever if these events do happen.