Ocean liners redirect strategic sourcing in search of cleaner energy

Companies capable of honestly informing consumers that they're committed to reducing their emissions are well-positioned to gain favor among the masses. Procurement services are helping enterprises operating at all corners of the world acquire new technology that promises to decrease carbon dioxide output and foster sustainable practices. This protocol will not only help bolster positive brand perception, but result in overall corporate cost reduction and help transportation experts abide by government regulations. 

Setting new standards

According to Handy Shipping Guide, the International Maritime Organization recently hosted the 66th session of its Marine Environment Protection Committee in London. Attendees initiated proposals to adopt standards as defined by the MARPOL Convention, an environmental organization created to reduce ocean pollution, caused by oil spills and exhaust. 

MARPOL obligates participating entities to implement Tier III guidelines, which require the reduction of mono-nitrogen oxides by 80 percent when shipping carriers enter emission control areas as defined by IMO Member State Audit Scheme.

Some of the ECAs include locations such as North American coastal waters and the U.S. Caribbean region. The requirements dictated by Tier II will concern marine diesel engines that output more than 130 kilowatts of power and are manufactured from January 1, 2016.

The primary options

The news source reported that the engines of two Moller-Maersk ships, the Alexander Maersk and the Maersk Cardiff, are being tested by officials from IMO. The vessels' mechanisms use a process called exhaust gas recirculation, which prevents the development of mono-nitrogen oxides.

Liquefied natural gas also proves to be a viable option to the emissions conundrum, but experts haven't ruled the fuel as the be-all, end-all solution. Shipping companies that will need to abide by the Tier III standards may seek the expertise of strategic sourcing professionals that can identify which technology is the most affordable and effective.

Seeking outside assistance

GreenBiz reported that business process outsourcing can have innumerable benefits for ocean vessels with environmental concerns. The source cited the Clean Cargo Working Group as an example - the organization consists of 40 major cargo carriers and their clients, offering tools and expertise that help those in the industry better understand how everyday process impact sustainability efforts. Focusing on transparency and an open-minded attitude toward technology, CCWG is helping freight vessels scale down on emissions and improve safety standards.

Outside oversight on all practices can provide entities obligated to adhere to IMO's regulations with thoroughness and expert advice regarding the procurement process.

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