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 is committed to reducing our emissions to reach zero by 2050. We are focused on improving the fuel efficiency of our fleet through various operational and technical initiatives. Our main aim is to have a holistic strategy to reduce our emissions. Through these initiatives we aim to achieve at least 1% improvement per year, scaling up to 20% emissions savings by 2035, and 50% by 2040, on track to hit zero by 2050. This strategy depends upon the availability and affordability of certain technologies, which we are constantly reviewing to meet our goals sooner than our stated aims. We see collaborations as critical to us achieving our goals, which is why we have partners across the industry helping us to achieve greater visibility, accountability, vessel performance and lower GHG emissions.
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.