September 27, 2023ESGGeneral Business News

Did you Know? How Hafnia complies with MARPOL to reduce our impact on the Environment?

In observance of World Maritime Day 2023, Hafnia is pleased to reflect on The International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime Theme of ‘MARPOL at 50 – Our commitment goes on’.


This theme specifically spotlights the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), which covers the prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes. MARPOL conventions serve as the primary framework for preventing marine pollution by ships, ensuring the responsible management of various types of waste, and reducing emissions into the sea and atmosphere.

In treating the ocean with the highest respect, Hafnia utilizes state-of-the-art technology and innovation to enhance and preserve biodiversity in the long run.


From the start and as a continued focus for improvements, Hafnia has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) designed to reduce environmental impact through good processes and continuous improvements. Built-in line with our environmental policy and integrated into our safety management system, the Hafnia EMS is relevant to all our employees, contractors, and activities related to the management of our fleet. It considers internal and external control and influences over ocean transportation of petroleum and chemical products globally.


Hafnia is fully committed to setting the highest standards for sustainability in the maritime industry and recognizes the vital importance of MARPOL conventions in preserving the health of our oceans.


In complying with MARPOL, we are pleased to share implemented measures on board that seek to manage pollution in the surrounding environment.


Key highlights of Hafnia’s compliance with MARPOL conventions via our EMS include:


  • Innovative Waste Management: Hafnia’s vessels are equipped with cutting-edge waste management systems designed to efficiently handle and dispose of various types of ship-generated waste, such as oily residues, sewage, and garbage. These systems not only ensure compliance with MARPOL regulations but also contribute to cleaner oceans and reduced marine pollution.


  • Ballast Water Treatment: Hafnia has invested heavily in advanced ballast water treatment technologies to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species across the world’s oceans, in accordance with MARPOL Annex D. These systems effectively cleanse ballast water before discharge, mitigating ecological risks and safeguarding delicate marine ecosystems.


  • Low Emissions Technologies: Hafnia’s fleet incorporates environmentally friendly technologies that significantly reduce air emissions, aligning with MARPOL Annex VI. Through the use of prudent energy efficiency technologies and innovative engine designs, the company has slashed its greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global efforts to combat climate change.


  • Regular Training and Monitoring: Hafnia places a strong emphasis on training its crew members in environmental best practices and MARPOL compliance. Continuous monitoring and data collection are integral to the EMS, ensuring that vessels operate at peak efficiency and maintain strict adherence to international regulations.


  • Transparency and Reporting: Hafnia is committed to transparency and accountability in its environmental management efforts. The company regularly publishes sustainability reports detailing its environmental performance and progress towards achieving its sustainability goals.


  • Our Carbon Intensity Index (CII) Assessment measures – which is a measure of how efficiently a ship transports cargo and is measured in grams of CO2 emitted per DWT. Whilst following MARPOL all ships will be given an annual rating ranging from A to E starting from 2023.


The Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) is a rating system for ships developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). It is a mandatory measure under MARPOL Annex VI, which came into force on the 1st of January 2023. The CII determines the annual reduction factor needed to continuously improve the ship’s operational carbon intensity within a specific rating level. Based on a ship’s CII, its carbon intensity will be rated A, B, C, D, or E (where A is the best). Hafnia has a robust monitoring system in place with 77% of vessels falling into an A & B rating.

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