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The Environment

Eckerö Line and the Environment

The Environment

  • All of Eckerö Group, including Eckerö Line, has been certified as complying with the ISO 14001 environmental standard.
  • Our operations conform to the current environmental legislation; our certification, granted by Lloyd's Quality Assurance, ensures continuous development work to decrease our environmental load. Our goal is for our operations to cause a minimal load to the environment; Eckerö Line conducts continuous development work to improve the management of waste products and emissions from its vessels.
  • Eckerö Line's environmental work aims to be a natural part of everyone's daily activities. Everyone in our organisation is responsible for actively following and developing the environmental goals we have set for ourselves.

Environment – m/s Finlandia

Emissions into the air

  • Factors important for the reduction of air pollution include the high quality of fuel and the energy efficiency of the ship and its equipment. In order to reduce sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions, the main engine of the Finlandia uses low sulphur fuel (1% S), and the booster drives and the boiler use ultra low sulphur fuel (0.1% S).
  • The m/s Finlandia also targets the environmental protection objectives of the CLEAN SHIP classification system. The CLEAN SHIP construction technique regulations aim at the prevention of emissions into the air or the water, should an accident occur.
  • The Finlandia has received a new propulsion system that reduces her fuel consumption.
  • The Finlandia also has had new waste heat boilers installed that recover the exhaust gas heat energy from the main engine and booster drives. The energy recovered is used for heating the vessel.
  • As much as 90% of the ship's spotlights have been changed, and energy-efficient LED lights are now in use.

Treatment of waste

We sort all waste produced by our operations on our passenger and freight vessels. Waste is produced in the passenger facilities, and the operation of the vessels causes it as well. Naturally, we also sort the waste produced in our land operations, i.e. in our chartered vehicle traffic, harbour operations, and our offices and storehouses.

On the m/s Finlandia, waste is sorted as follows:

  • Waste fit for incineration
  • Waste paper
  • Waste glass
  • Aluminium tins
  • Scrap metal and hazardous waste
  • Cooking grease
  • Plastic waste
  • Environmentally hazardous waste
  • Waste oils
  • Wastewater (greywater and blackwater)
  • Purer water

Our vessels have closed wastewater systems, and wastewater is always disposed of ashore at wastewater plants.
Two types of wastewater are produced in the ships. Greywater comes from the water used in the showers and sinks, and blackwater originates from the toilets. In order to achieve as high a degree of purification as possible, we pump all wastewater ashore for municipal wastewater plants to treat. Therefore, the phosphorus and BOD7concentrations in our wastewater do not cause any environmental load to the Baltic Sea.

Staff

  • All staff participate in our environmental work and carry the responsibility for the environmental targets relating to their work. One important topic in the compulsory training of new staff is the handling of waste products in their particular working places. All staff receive regular supplementary training for environmental work.

Chemical substances

  • We take part in continuous development work with the target of exchanging the current chemical substances to more environmentally friendly ones.
  • Today we do not use antifouling paints with toxic tin compounds to keep the hulls of our vessels clean. We scrub the hulls regularly, which causes both fuel consumption and waste emissions to be decreased.

Purchases

  • When purchasing raw materials for the ships' restaurants, we favour locally produced foodstuffs.
  • Our purchasers prefer producers with environmentally certified products and/or producers with active, properly managed environmental policies.
  • We are taking definitive action to reduce the use of disposable dishes on our ships.

Energy efficiency

  • The energy efficiency of m/s Finlandia has been improved by several purposeful actions. Different technical upgrades have been done, e.g. the installation of the Gadcooler absorption system which collects waste heat from ships engines and utilizes it in the cooling system during summer.