19 Aug 2009

Shipping line's emission cuts 'will help exporters'

12:28 pm on 19 August 2009

The world's biggest container shipping company says any efficiencies it can achieve to reduce carbon emissions will benefit New Zealand food exporters.

Maersk Line was recently awarded the title of Sustainable Shipping Operator of the Year at the inaugural Sustainable Shipping Awards in London.

The shipping company's New Zealand general manager, Julian Bevis, says Maersk has done a lot of work to measure how much fuel can be saved by slowing the speed of its ships.

Mr Bevis says the company is also trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by measuring the performance of ships engines, how ships are painted and the way they behave in different sea conditions