As it is our intention to commence our coastal services along the Queensland Coast, between Brisbane and Townsville on a weekly basis, transiting our planet’s precious Great Barrier Reef, our highest priority is, and must be, the protection of the marine environment. Everything we do in our business has to be underpinned by this requirement.
Our credentials and our passion are reflected in our actions. Our Managing Director, Captain Steve Pelecanos, was the founder of the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association (AUSMEPA), an organization established to educate the adults of tomorrow (the children of today) about our obligationsin this regard. These include the requirement to maintain clean and healthy oceans that will ensure the planet’s survival and our own well-being. AUSMEPA, which runs school programs throughout the country, is now in its 19th year of operation.
There is no doubt that maritime transport is the most environmentally friendly way to transport the nation’s freight. A quick look at emissions from the three main transportation modes, tells the story.
|Emissions of CO2 per tonnes/km|
|Road||180 gCO2e per tonne/km|
|Rail||28 gCO2e per tonne/km|
|Ship||12 gCO2e per tonne/km|
Of course, in addition to the above is the enormous savings in road and rail maintenance and upgrade costs, estimated to be in the vicinity of $50 billion/annum, not forgetting the emissions taking place while this work is going on. Of further interest is the AAA’s $34 billion/annum estimated cost of road trauma, much of this involving trucks.
Our commitment to the protection of the environment and sustainability is reflected therefore by what we do on board and what we do ashore.
As ships go about their business, they naturally produce a variety of waste, mainly food, sanitary and oil. The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), to which Australia is a signatory, was developed to prevent the pollution of the oceans and the air by ships. Our ships are required to comply with the MARPOL regulations, however at Hermes Maritime, we proudly go beyond these requirements.
On our ships we:
Use clean fuels
Use no ballast water
Do not allow incineration
Do not allow any waste to go overboard
On shore we:
Reduce and Recycle waste
Minimise resource use (energy efficiency)
Strive for carbon neutrality in all our operations