Maersk Line will switch to low-sulfur fuel while at berth for all of its containerships calling the Port of Virginia in the US starting in February.
This fuel switch program will help improve air quality in the greater Hampton Roads area by significantly reducing emissions of sulfur and nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.
Maersk Line is the lead shipping line to participate in the fuel switch program sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia through the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ), as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation.
"The Port of Virginia fuel switch is the first such initiative in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, and its implementation will create immediate benefits to the region by reducing emissions and improving air quality," said Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.
"The partnership with Maersk Line represents a model that applies environmentally-conscious business practices while keeping our region's economy moving forward."