• Jurga Kononovaite

New member joins the Global Industry Alliance for Marine Biosafety

Hapag-Lloyd AG is the latest entity to join the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for Marine Biosafety, an initiative launched in June 2020 by IMO and its GloFouling Partnerships project to collaborate with the private sector and address two of the most pressing environmental issues of our time: invasive species and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The “Hannover Express” sailing to Vostochny Port in Russia (photo credit: Hapag-Lloyd)

The new member of the GIA joins forces with an expanding group of leading private sector champions representing a wide range of maritime industries affected by biofouling, including shipping, aquaculture, offshore oil and gas and ocean renewable energies.

Biofouling is the build-up of aquatic organisms, such as algae or small animals, on marine surfaces that can lead to the introduction of potentially invasive species to new environments, where they may threaten native species and cause irreversible damage to biodiversity. Additionally, biofouling increases the drag of ships, forcing them to burn more fuel to maintain speed.

Biofouling management in action (photo credit: Hapag-Lloyd)

Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director Fleet, highlighted that Hapag-Lloyd has always placed a high priority on the environmental aspects of its business and seeks to support innovative ways to protect the marine environment and safeguard its resources.

“With this step, we are looking forward to leveraging human, technological and financial resources with other like-minded companies to support the global push to develop and disseminate technological solutions that may contribute to improve biofouling management and protect marine biodiversity”, stated Richard von Berlepsch. “The objectives of the GIA are very much in line with key goals outlined in our Sustainability Policy, such as reducing carbon emissions, developing environmental awareness and supporting the deployment of state-of-the-art technology”.

Among other goals, the GIA is expected to promote solutions to improve the hydrodynamic performance of ships and thereby contribute to a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of the shipping industry. With this action, Hapag-Lloyd shows its commitment to help the shipping industry to accelerate the development and adoption of solutions to improve the management of marine biofouling.


More private sector companies are expected to join the GIA in time for its first GIA Task Force meeting, planned at the end of October, where members will convene to discuss and kick-off the GIA work.

For more information on how to join the GIA:

https://www.glofouling.imo.org/gia

About Hapag-Lloyd:

With a fleet of 239 modern container ships and a total transport capacity of 1.7 million TEU, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world’s leading liner shipping companies. The Company has around 13,000 employees and 388 offices in 129 countries. Hapag-Lloyd has a container capacity of approximately 2.6 million TEU – including one of the largest and most modern fleets of reefer containers. A total of 121 liner services worldwide ensure fast and reliable connections between more than 600 ports on all the continents. Hapag-Lloyd is one of the leading operators in the Transatlantic, Middle East, Latin America and Intra-America trades.

https://www.hapag-lloyd.com/en/about-us.html

(photo credit: Hapag-Lloyd)

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