Enhancing Energy Efficiency
An extensive energy efficiency project involves all J. Lauritzen business units in identifying ways to achieve more energy-efficient operation.
J. Lauritzen’s (JL) energy efficiency project was kicked off at the end of 2011 with the objective of enhancing fuel-efficiency and reducing emissions throughout JL’s fleet of bulk carriers, gas carriers, product tankers, as well as in offshore operations. the overall goal is to reduce fuel consumption and cut emissions by at least 10% over the next two years, while also achieving significant cost-savings by focusing on areas such as fuel and bunker management, energy consumption, and voyage planning. The project was initially facilitated by det Norske Veritas (DNV), the Norwegian maritime risk management and advisory group.
The 2012 group project was headed by Søren Berg, project manager for Lauritzen Kosan (LK), who reports to JL’s executive committee. “All our business units have groups working on the technical side to look for various kinds of improvements to help save energy,” he says. “We released an initial report in February 2012, and since then we have concentrated on aligning our efforts throughout the group as there is potential for energy savings – often at a small cost – and initiatives are bubbling up throughout the company.”
These efforts, and how new ideas are applied, vary by business unit. LK, for example, operates all functions from ship manning to technical operations, whereas Lauritzen Tankers (LT) and Lauritzen Bulkers (LB) have outsourced technical management to specialized service providers. This makes a difference in how energy efficiency initiatives are prioritized and applied. “All business units are doing what they can in terms of their scope and resources and are looking at the areas that have most effect on their particular vessels,” says Søren Berg.
In these times of low freight rates combined with high bunker prices, the interest in more cost-efficient sailing has increased. “We are convinced that being a preferred carrier, in any segment, goes hand-in-hand with energy efficiency and a strong environmental profile in today’s markets,” says Jan Kastrup-Nielsen, CEO of JL. “Even though the idea of increasing energy efficiency can be considered a ‘no-brainer’, it still requires considerable organisational resources and know-how to actually design and execute our energy efficiency project in the current challenging shipping climate. I am, however, confident that JL has the people to meet this challenge.”
In March 2013, JL’s Executive Committee decided to strengthen the energy efficiency project with a formal steering committee. the steering committee includes the presidents of each of JL’s business units and is headed by CEO Jan Kastrup-Nielsen. “Going forward, energy efficiency will be a top management focus in a more formal and integrated way in JL,” says Jan Kastrup-Nielsen. “I look forward to overseeing the development of green ideas from the technical teams that will contribute to more cost-efficient sailing for JL and our customers.”