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Fuel efficiency


Although shipping is the most eco-friendly form of mass long-distance transportation, we acknowledge our environmental footprint. Our objective is to constantly increase fuel efficiency for the vessels in our management.

Fuel efficiency does not just come down to technical improvements, such as paint or ship design -  communication, processes and people play a huge role in increasing efficiencies. We continuously measure our performance and experiment with new ways of increasing fuel efficiency. Optimization never stops.


  • Optimal speed: Finding the optimal speed for our vessels, depending on cargo, route and time schedule
  • Trim optimization (difference in draught fore and aft): Enabling captains and port captains to optimize stowage of cargo and ballast water
  • Hull and propeller cleaning and high-quality antifouling paint: Continuously monitoring, regular cleaning, proper hull preparation, and application of high quality paint at dry dockings
  • Working systematically with onboard best operational practice, such as avoiding idle machinery and monitoring engine performance.

Our current performance monitoring system COACH facilitates continuous improvements, and forms the basis for new fuel efficiency initiatives. Go to to find out more.

In January 2013, all vessels in Clipper’s technical management were certified in ISO 50001 (energy) and 14001 (environment). Clipper Group was among the first shipping companies to receive the ISO 50001 certification.

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