March 9, 2011

Empire Stevedoring Co. ltd. reduces GHG and air pollutant emissions

Empire Stevedoring Co. Ltd., which specializes in cargo ship loading and unloading, has replaced two of its mobile container handling machines acquired in the 1970s by more effective, state-of-the-art, low-pollution models at its Montreal terminal.

The company’s goal was primarily to reduce fuel consumption to lower GHG emissions and the main air pollutants resulting from its container handling activities.

The company estimates that the purchase of these Linde C400/5 will reduce fuel use by 43% from its old Marathon Letourneau Letro Porter model 2582 CH (Letro) equipment. A comparison of the two machines’ other emissions also shows the following reductions: 43% in GHG, 87% reduction in hydrocarbons, 47% in carbonmonoxide (CO), 64% in nitrogen oxides (NOx),43% in sulphur dioxide (SO2) and 80% in suspended particulate emissions.

Acquisition of the new machines was partly subsidized by Transport Canada under the Freight Technology Incentives Program, which is designed to help purchase and install proven technologies that can reduce air pollutant and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This contribution enabled Empire to halve its equipment repayment schedule compared to the initial estimate. Empire has purchased two more similar machines, keeping only one of the older models for special projects.


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