Originally published in Lloyd’s List, 2010/09/27
THE first tests in burning low sulphur marine gas oil in the Brazilian port of Santos have been completed by German shipping line Hamburg Süd.
For the past month its 3,700 teu boxship Cap San Lorenzo has been burning the fuel, which has just 0.1% sulphur content, when it arrives in Santos, in an effort to demonstrate the emissions savings to Brazilian authorities.
The project was launched at the request of the US’s Environmental Protection Agency.
The containership is employed on the line’s US Gulf and Caribbean-east coast South America service and has previously held similar tests in Houston and the Mexican ports of Vercruz and Altamira.
EPA assistant administrator for international and tribal affairs Michelle DePass said: “We are glad that this fuel switching project will yield emissions data to show US, Mexican and Brazilian policy makers that real reductions can be achieved by burning lower-sulphur fuels near their coastlines.”