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Environmental sustainability

The environment is a priority at Fred. Olsen Express and has always been part of our philosophy. Therefore, we actively look for opportunities to innovate and projects that help preserve our work place and our environment. Thus, in recent years we have been pioneers in:

 

 

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Sustainable and efficient route design

 

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Use of exterior painting that reduces power consumption

 

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Zero Paper when boarding

 

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Use of LNG on routes of more than 24 hours

 

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Marine Wildlife Protection Project & improvement of our eco-routes

 

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Use of low-sulphur fuel (MGO) and creation of eco-routes

 

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Use of external energy sources to reduce acoustic impact on ports

 

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Registration in the carbon footprint registry to measure our CO2 emissions

 

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Substitution of plastics on board

 

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Incorporation of engines that improve energy efficiency

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Sustainable and efficient route design

 

1999
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Use of low-sulphur fuel (MGO) and creation of eco-routes

 

2003
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Use of exterior painting that reduces power consumption

 

2008
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Use of external energy sources to reduce acoustic impact on ports

 

2014
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Zero Paper when boarding

 

2017
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Registration in the carbon footprint registry to measure our CO2 emissions

 

2019
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Use of LNG on routes of more than 24 hours

 

2019
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Substitution of plastics on board

 

2019
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Marine Wildlife Protection Project & improvement of our eco-routes

 

2020
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Incorporation of engines that improve energy efficiency

We are currently working on the following projects:
ISO 14001 Standard
ISO 14001 Standard

Our maritime safety and management systems area is working to obtain the ISO 14001 certification; the international standard for environmental management systems (EMS), which will help us identify, prioritise and manage environmental risks and opportunities.

Substitution of plastics on board
Substitution of plastics on board

Our On-Board Services area is working to replace, in all of our ships, single-use plastics with a lower impact alternative, with the aim of reducing waste generation and improving the sustainability of consumption on board.

Protection of marine wildlife
Protection of marine wildlife

Together with the University of La Laguna, we are leading a project for the protection of cetaceans, by which we carry out training, dissemination and observation of our marine wildlife, as well as development and testing of new technologies to improve the detection of cetaceans.

Carbon Footprint Registration
Carbon Footprint Registration

Since 2017, we have registered and calculated our Carbon Footprint in order to reduce our environmental impact. In addition, we provide our freight clients the possibility to request reports on CO2 emissions produced by the transport of their goods.

Other highlighted projects we are collaborating with:

We are currently collaborating with several activities and research projects aimed at raising awareness about the importance of protecting the environment and fighting climate change. The following can be highlighted:

 

New technologies: Thermal camera
New technologies: Thermal camera

We participate and promote projects that involve testing new technologies to reduce our impact on the environment. Thus, currently, we are carrying out, a worldwide pioneer, test, with a thermal High Definition camera, which can improve the detection of cetaceans.

Ecological routes
Ecological routes

With the University of La Laguna, we have reviewed, during 2019, our ecological routes reducing our miles of navigation through the Special Conservation Areas,  between Tenerife, La Gomera and La Palma, with the aim to preserve the welfare of the marine fauna.

Global problem of collisions
Global problem of collisions

As part of our project for the protection of cetaceans, we conduct training sessions, at our company, about the global problem of collisions with cetaceans, as well as mechanisms for detecting and preventing accidents with these animals.

Canarian Botanical Garden “Viera y Clavijo”
Canarian Botanical Garden “Viera y Clavijo”

We collaborate with the Canarian Botanical Garden “Viera y Clavijo” in the dissemination of relevant contents about the endemic flora of the Canary Islands, with the aim that our travelers and visitors can recognize, enjoy and take care of their uniqueness.

Cleaning of beaches and outreach
Cleaning of beaches and outreach

Fred. Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail, the Volunteers of the Environment area of the inter-island council of Tenerife, among other organisations, collaborate in 'Together for Our Ocean' to carry out land and underwater cleaning, and raise awareness about the reducing, recycling and reusing our waste.

Research Project CanBio
Research Project CanBio

In collaboration with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and other entities, we participate in the International Volunteer Ship Network to support the observation project CanBio which studies climate change in the sea, ocean acidification and its effects on the marine biodiversity of the Canary Islands.            

CetAvist
CetAvist

We collaborate with CetAvist; the Cetacean and Seabird Sightings Network in Canary Islands which is made up of volunteers who collect scientific data on the species habitat and evaluate the influences of climate change in our waters.

Telesforo Bravo Juan Coello Foundation
Telesforo Bravo Juan Coello Foundation

We collaborate with the campaign for protection of the natural environment 'Pasa sin Huella' organized by the Foundation Telesforo Bravo J. Coello, by disseminating its message of good environmental practices.

OPS MASTER PLAN for Spanish Ports
OPS MASTER PLAN for Spanish Ports

We are actively participating in a project for the provision of connection points in ports for the electrical supply of vessels during berths in order to reduce noise and environmental pollution in port areas.

Through these actions and projects we help to achieve the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: