Stena Line’s sustainability strategy is based on the UN sustainable development goals which have four main focus areas: Clean Energy, Responsible Consumption, Life below Water, and Health & Wellbeing.


Highlights 2017

Clean Energy

  • 15 % lower sulphur emissions per nautical mile.
  • 2.1 %lower CO2 emissions per nautical mile.
  • New installation of shore side electricity on two vessels in the Port of Trelleborg.

Responsible Consumption

  • Reduced plastic disposables by decreasing the number of plastic bags sold onboard by 15 % and as well as change-over to a fully recyclable bio-plastic bag made from sugar cane
  • Reduced the total amount of waste by 8% as well as an increase in the amount of waste going to energy recovery and recycling instead of landfill
  • Development of a new Stena Line supplier standard

Life Below Water

  • Doubled the use of gentle Ecolabel detergents onboard 38 vessels
  • Tested new anti-fouling techniques including ultra sound to reduce friction
  • Upgraded our ISO14001 certification to 2015 standard with a new wider scope

Health & Wellbeing

  • Continued the positive trend on lowering the number of accidents in the workplace for seagoing staff and reduced LTIF (Lost Time Injury Frequency) from 1.6 in 2016 to 0.6 in 2017.
  • Passenger safety campaign to further improve the focus on passenger safety
  • New policies for Anti-Harassment and Equal Opportunities implemented.

To minimize ocean plastics, the company aims to gradually phase out carrier bags and disposables made of traditional plastic onboard all ships. During the year, all regular plastic bags in the shops were replaced to renewable bio-plastic – at the same time the number of bags was reduced by 15% from 958,000 to 818,000. In addition, 1.3 million disposable coffee cups on board were replaced by a bio-degradable alternative.

To tackle emissions, the company paved the way for the use of methanol as a marine fuel, with the conversion of Stena Germanica in 2017, which became the first ship in the world converted to be able to run on both methanol and diesel. She also did her first full crossing from Gothenburg to Kiel using methanol. Methanol is almost completely free from sulphur and particles – and has 60% lower NOx emissions than traditional fuel. It can also be produced from renewable sources.

To further educe emissions, Stena Line will commence a three-step project in spring 2018 when a 1,000 kWh battery pack will be installed onboard the RoPax 'Stena Jutlandica'. Electricity will be used to manoeuvre the ferry in port. In the next steps, battery power will be installed on the main engine propellers with the final target to run on electricity for approximately 50 nm, corresponding to the distance between Gothenburg and Frederikshavn.

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