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DFDS climate plan: next ten years

DFDS’ climate plan will make us climate neutral by 2050. Our short-term plan is to reduce emissions by 45 % from 2008 to 2030. Our main focus is on existing vessels and minor technical upgrades. We will use solutions like correct coating on vessel hulls and decision support systems onboard and in the office. But the fleet will also undergo major upgrades, with modifications of bulbs and propellers.

The plan is based on careful analysis of how we operate today, and which areas have the greatest potential for improvement. It is about evolution – improving and optimising what we have today – while the long term plan is more of a revolution – how we can do things in completely new ways.

 

Artificial intelligence will help us

Today, we have a monthly fuel report for our vessel operations, but no insights as to what is behind the numbers. We know what we use, but not how these figures are accumulated. Our crews and their shore-side support teams need better information on how they can operate in a more fuel-efficient way. For this, we will use a tool based on artificial intelligence (AI) that will monitor our vessel operations. This data will inform us about where we have excessive fuel consumption, both on routes and on individual vessels.

This new smart AI system located on the vessels’ bridge will give the crews qualified directions on what is the right speed and also real-time advice on which route will help the fuel on board last longer. After a crossing, there will be a report on what the crew has done well in terms of consuming fuel, and also where they can improve.

 

Promising results with methanol

We plan to introduce small amounts of methanol in the existing propulsion machinery on many of our vessels, in the four stroke engines that make up the majority of our fleet. Together with onsite-produced hydrogen, we will inject the methanol into combustion chambers, replacing up to 10-15% of the heavy fuel oil needed to fuel the same voyage today. This technology  is still under development and we expect it to be approved by engine manufacturers during 2020. We have already done initial testing and the results look promising.

Through doing this, we hope to be able to push the market demand for sustainable fuels like green methanol, one of several fuel sources we continue to investigate. This could have a positive ripple effect on the development of green fuel production nationally and internally.

 

More efficient hulls

Optimising our use of fuel is one very important factor when it comes to reducing emissions. Another is what we do to improve the hulls, coating and shaping of the propeller curves for a vessel to be able to sail in a more fuel-efficient manner.

“We are constantly scanning the market to pinpoint new ways of optimising what we have,” says Vice President of DFDS’ Technical Organisation Thomas Mørk. “We continuously assess where we should set in based on where we can harvest the greatest effect. The bottom line is that not only are we saving the environment from thousands of tons of CO2 every year, we are also able to work with fuel consumption in a smarter way. In time, this will help us run our vessels cheaper and greener and that just makes good business sense,” Thomas says.

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DFDS develops ambitious climate plan

We want to become climate neutral by 2050 and are aiming for a relative reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by close to 45% from 2008 to 2030. That corresponds to an approximate reduction of 25-35% between 2019 and 2030. These are the main goals in DFDS’ new climate action plan.

 

In 2019, DFDS emitted ~2 million tons of CO2. 90% was from our vessels. Continuing to do so would have a negative impact on the environment and climate. It would also put us at significant economic risk: customers will find more climate-friendly suppliers and the costs related to regulatory requirements will increase.

 

DFDS’ response to this is a new strategic climate action plan that will make us climate neutral by 2050. We are aiming for a relative reduction of GHG emissions by close to 45% from 2008 to 2030. That corresponds to an approximate reduction of 25-35% between 2019 and 2030.

 

Team members from the Technical Organisation, Innovation & Partnerships, CSR, and Strategy & Consulting have supported management in the development of this plan, and the Executive Management Team will track its development on a quarterly basis.

 

Three tracks leading to the finish line
The  plan consists of two overall tracks covering the tonnage adaption in short term and long term, as well as a third track ‘getting the house in order’ that covers all other things like facilities and terminal equipment.

 

The short-term tonnage adaption plan consists of initiatives to be implemented throughout the next 10 years, resulting in close to 45% reduction from 2008 to 2030. It widely consists of minor technical upgrades, including solutions like the use of the correct coatings on vessel hulls and decision support systems. But the fleet will also undergo major upgrades, like modifications of bulbs and propellers.

The long-term tonnage adaption plan is all about how we replace fossil fuels with the new generation of zero emission fuel. The new sustainable fuels are renewable energy stored in the form of for instance ammonia, hydrogen, or methanol. Storing, handling and using these new fuels is very different to how we do things today. We need to learn a lot to be able to make the right strategic decisions. Projects and partnerships will help us learn and share knowledge and reach our goals. The long-term tonnage adaption plan focuses on our new generation of ships.

 

Getting the house in order addresses the remaining 10% of our total emissions. In short, emissions that don’t come from our vessel-related activities. Initiatives like electric trucks, energy consumption for buildings and hybrid/electric company cars will engage all our colleagues across the business in helping DFDS develop ways of becoming more sustainable. Many of these initiatives are done in cooperation with key suppliers to reduce environmental impact.

 

DFDS CEO Torben Carlsen says: “I am very happy that we now have this ambitious and comprehensive climate action plan in place. It clearly states how we can and will take responsibility for the environment. It will also help us stay relevant as a service provider in 10, 15, 50 years from now. With the support of every one of our employees, we will be able to turn this plan into reality and at the same time continue our existing efforts to support the environment and local communities.”

 

More on this in the coming weeks

BU Med “Carry for Women”

Fuat Pamukçu, Melek Yıldız, Özlem Dalga, Emine Erdem and Lars Hoffmann

BU MED recently initiated the corporate social responsibility project “We Carry for Women” in cooperation with KAGİDER (Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey).

The project involves transportation of 50 female entrepreneurs’ goods (2 containers for each elected enrepreneur) by DFDS free of charge for a year. Turkish international freight transport and logistics companies have shown a great interest to support women entrepreneurs in Turkey by participating in this project together with DFDS.

“We Carry for Women” is designed to encourage women’s participation in business life, help them stand out in social life, and contribute to their export capabilities. Products of female producers will be shipped free of charge by DFDS in its maritime (departures from Pendik, Yalova and Mersin) and railway networks. This support has grown vastly, particularly during and after the pandemic, and the first transport took place in the last week of June.

The project was introduced to the Turkish press on 3 July through an online press conference with participation of Lars Hoffmann, Head of BU MED, Emine Erdem, President of KAGİDER, and Fuat Pamukçu, VP Sales, Marketing, Business Development & Strategy.

As part of the multi-stranded communication plan designed for the project, “Route of Women Entrepreneurs” TV show started to broadcast on 25 July on Bloomberg HT channel. Emine Erdem and Fuat Pamukçu were the first guests of the TV show, and they pointed out the importance of the project which contributes greatly to making female entrepreneurs more competitive in global markets and helps them get access to the markets overseas. Every Saturday, with the moderation of Özlem Dalga, Corporate Communications Manager in BU MED, “Route of Women Entrepreneurs” will continue to tell stories about female entrepreneurs and provide logistics mentoring and coaching with our business partners as guest hosts.

This TV advertorial for the project was shown on national TV

This is the first episode of the TV show (selected clips have English subtitles)

Fuat Pamukçu says: “The female entrepreneurs to benefit from the “We Carry for Women” program will be chosen by KAGİDER and DFDS. Women’s involvement in the economic life is very important for gender equality as well as for the democratic development. We are very happy to realise this project with KAGİDER, a non-governmental organisation working to empower women by entrepreneurship.”

Özlem Dalga says: “We are positively surprised that the “We Carry For Women” project has been so well received and are very happy that this collaboration project in the logistics sector will help women entrepreuners in this pandemic periode.”

BU MED connects women entrepreneurs

BU MED’s DFDS Academy brought Turkish KAGİDER (Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey) and Italian AIDDA (Italian Association of Women Entrepreneurs and Managers) together with the participation of Marie Christine Oghly, World President of World Association of Women Entrepreneurs (FCEM), on Wednesday, June 10th.

The meeting started with the opening speeches of Marie Christine Oghly and National Presidents of AIDDA and KAGİDER, Maria Claudia Torlasco Mastelli and Emine Erdem respectively. During the webinar, members of AIDDA and KAGİDER discussed the ways in which Turkish and Italian entrepreneurs are planning to relaunch the economy after the pandemic.

Members from two businesswomen associations, mostly active in tourism and health sectors, shared their experiences and best cases during the Covid-19 period, together with their newly initiated projects to inspire further cooperation between Italy and Turkey.

National presidents of AIDDA and KAGIDER also “virtually” signed the Memorandum of Understanding to officialize cooperation and the beginning of a more intense dialogue. This will be the first step in a series of other collaborations with similar associations in Europe and in the world.

Özlem Dalga, BU MED Corporate Communications Manager, says: “Originally, this meeting was supposed to be in Trieste, however I am very glad that we were still able to bring these passionate women entrepreneurs from Turkey and Italy together anyhow. We truly believe that the “maritime bridge” which connects Turkey to the city of Trieste will get stronger with this cooperation. We also believe wholeheartedly that this meeting and DFDS Academy will support and empower women in business especially in tourism during the new normal.”

You can see the full webinar here.


The special moment where National presidents of KAGIDER and AIDDA, Emine Erdem (top) and Maria Claudia Torlasco Mastelli (at the bottom) respectively, “virtually” signed the Memorandum of Understanding.

Sustainable fuels: DFDS part of ambitious project

Today, DFDS, Copenhagen Airports, A.P. Moller – Maersk, DSV Panalpina, SAS and Ørsted informed the press about a unique partnership. The partnership’s vision is to develop a new ground-breaking hydrogen and e-fuel production facility in the Greater Copenhagen area as soon as 2023.

The project will require a large-scale supply of renewable electricity, which could potentially come from offshore wind power produced at Rønne Banke off the island of Bornholm.

When fully scaled-up by 2030, production would potentially be based on a total electrolyser capacity of 1.3 gigawatts, which would likely make it one of the world’s largest facilities of its kind. It could deliver more than 250,000 tonnes of sustainable fuel, which would reduce annual carbon emissions by 850,000 tonnes.

The project is supported by the Municipality of Copenhagen and could supply renewable hydrogen for zero-emission busses, heavy-duty trucks, renewable methanol for ships, and renewable jet fuel for airplanes.

Industrial-scale production to reduce costs
To become competitive with fossil fuels, the production of sustainable fuels will need to be built at industrial scale. For this to happen, governments and industry must come together to create a framework that incentivises private investments in large-scale sustainable fuel production.

The vision is to develop the project in three stages:

The first stage, which could be operational by 2023, comprises a 10MW electrolyser which can produce renewable hydrogen used directly to fuel busses and trucks.

Stage two comprises a 250MW electrolyser facility which could be operational by 2027 when the first offshore wind power from Bornholm could be delivered. This facility would produce renewable methanol for maritime transport and renewable jet-fuel for the aviation sector.

Stage three, which could be operational by 2030 would upgrade the project’s electrolyser capacity to 1.3GW and capture more sustainable CO2, enough to supply more than 250,000 tonnes of sustainable fuels.

“Sustainably produced hydrogen is the fundamental building block, and biggest cost driver of all the zero emission fuels. This project brings the scale that is needed in order to industrialise the production of green hydrogen, and thereby significantly reduce the cost of zero emission fuels for aviation, road transport and shipping. I really believe this is a strong step in the direction of a carbon neutral transport industry,” says Jakob Steffensen, Director of DFDS’ innovation department and DFDS’ member of the project group.

The partnership will now engage in dialogue with the regulatory authorities on the framework and policies needed to support the development of using sustainable fuels at scale in the transport sector in Denmark, and to seek public co-funding to conduct a full feasibility study of the project .

Torben Carlsen says: “The ability to establish a vision of an industrial-scale sustainable fuel production facility is due to the power of partnerships. The cooperation of fuel users and producers along with scientists and society is the fastest way to make sustainable fuels available as realistic alternatives to the fossil fuels we combust in our vehicles and vessels today. I hope that this partnership and our project will help us reach our goal of operating zero-emission ferries and trucks much faster than we had originally anticipated.”

See the full press release here.

Reducing energy consumption by retrofit

Victoria Seaways and two MR tankers from Hafnia and Maersk Tankers are part of Green Ship of the Future’s Retrofit project.

Green Ship of the Future has released a report to show how retrofitting can result in significant reduction of energy consumption decreasing fuel consumption and emissions on board three vessels including Victoria Seaways. According to the project findings, this can be achieved through technology that is available today with a return of investment of less than three years.

Last week, Green Ship of the Future released a report that explores how retrofitting and the addition of new technology to older systems, can significantly reduce energy consumption on Victoria Seaways and two vessels from Hafnia and Maersk Tankers.

The report finds that Victoria Seaways can potentially achieve up to 11.1% reduction of fuel consumption by implementing new and proven technology that is easily implemented such as new propellers and new hull coating exemplified by Hempel in this report. All the suggested solutions were calculated towards an estimated payback time of three years to show the potential of making a green investment in a manner that minimizes operational cost and improve the potential of profitability.

It is also worth mentioning that the report states that it was a challenge to identify fuel saving solutions with a payback of less than three years and acknowledges Victoria’s dedicated crew, Superintendent Sergej Duriagin and DFDS’ Technical Organization for their high focus on optimizing the fleet as many of the suggested solutions were already implemented.

Share solutions and inspire other vessels
Rune Jørgensen Daae, Project Superintendent, says: “Projects like this are welcome eyeopeners for potential retrofits that can lower our environmental impact and present a good business case.

“It is positive to see there are still large savings to be made. We must continue to optimise our vessels to become even more sustainable, reduce operational costs and stay competitive, but also to ease the change to alternative energy sources. We hope this project will bring concrete saving potentials and inspire others to optimise their vessels.”

For a more in-depth and detailed look – see the full report here.

DFDS Jubilee Fund supports colleagues in need

In 1916, DFDS celebrated its 50th anniversary by establishing the DFDS Jubilee Fund that financially supports employees of DFDS, former employees or the next of kin of deceased employees.

The support may also be granted to internal associations that support colleagues in need, or other associations with a relevance to DFDS.

Maximum support is DKK 50,000, and everyone in our network with a relationship to DFDS, as outlined above, may apply for support.

Online application
The applications will be considered twice a year by a board consisting of members of the Executive Management team.

As something new, the application form and all relevant information, including criteria for applying, deadlines and more can be found on www.dfds.com under ‘About DFDS’ – or via this link: DFDS Jubilee Fund page

If you have any questions for the DFDS Jubilee Fund or making an application please contact jubileefund@dfds.com.

Survey to kick-off safety programme

Everyone working with freight operations on ships and at terminals will receive a questionnaire on safety standards in their workplace. The answers will be used as a basis for the programme that aims to make cargo operations safer. The survey is anonymous and will be sent to you via email from local HR or crewing from today.

As we wrote recently, we have experienced tragic fatalities in cargo operations at DFDS in recent months. “This is completely unacceptable, and therefore, we are now launching a programme to improve safety during cargo operations at terminals and onboard our ships,” says Torben Carlsen

The safety programme is managed by Michael Stig, Designated Person, for on-board safety, and by Jesper Hartvig Nielsen, Fleet Management, for safety ashore. They are now kicking off the programme with a safety survey.

Your opinion and ideas
Michael and Jesper say: “To start work, we really need the opinion and ideas of you who work with cargo operations at DFDS. Therefore, we have developed a survey, which we kindly ask everyone working at terminals or on board our ships to complete. This will help us understand better how we currently work with safety at DFDS, and how we can improve the safety for you and your colleagues.”

“There is no risk for you. The survey is completely anonymous. We cannot see name or email of the respondents, and the results will not be used to blame anyone. It will be used only to improve safety

You receive it via email
It is an online questionnaire, and you will receive a link to it in an email from crewing or HR today or soon after. Please complete it and help us make daily work more safe for the sake of you as well as your family.

You can also find the survey on the bottom of the Safety First site.

Climate FAQ now on DFDS.com

Poul Woodall, DFDS’ Director of Environment, answers your questions about our greenhouse gas reduction efforts with a FAQ on DFDS.com

 

Whereas our part of the world is facing a temporary slowdown, the long-term issues for our industry remains. A crucial element here, is the effort we put in to fighting climate change through greenhouse gas reduction efforts.

We have seen an increasing awareness among our business and leisure customers on climate gas issues and the flow of questions has been on the rise.

To improve our communication efforts in this area we have now launched a ‘greenhouse gas FAQ’ in the CSR section of DFDS.com. Find it here.

On this page one will find the DFDS position to some commonly asked questions. We will naturally keep this page updated and try to ensure the most relevant questions are replied here.

We expect shortly to also include a ‘CO2 calculator’ which will provide the option of estimating the CO2 footprint for a transport in the DFDS network.

Any feedback and not least any suggestions for enhancing the list, ensuring it has the optimal value will be appreciated.

Reach out to the CSR team with your ideas.

 

Poul Woodall, DFDS’ Director of Environment

Part 2 of 3 – Interview with CPO Anne-Christine Ahrenkiel

As you may know, DFDS launched the Annual Report 2019 and the CSR Report 2019 on 24 February. The reports took lots of efforts to create, and fortunately they have been very well received externally.

In three interviews, CFO Karina Deacon, CPO Anne-Christine Ahrenkiel and Head of CSR Sofie Hebeltoft will share their thoughts about the reports, and they will explain what you can expect to find in the reports and why they might be interesting for you to read.

In this second interview, Anne-Christine will tell about the CSR Report 2019 and especially the People side of it.

 

All DFDS reports can be found here

 

 

Part 3 of 3 – Interview with Head of CSR Sofie Hebeltoft

As you may know, DFDS launched the Annual Report 2019 and the CSR Report 2019 on 24 February. The reports took lots of efforts to create, and fortunately they have been very well received externally.

In three interviews, CFO Karina Deacon, CPO Anne-Christine Ahrenkiel and Head of CSR Sofie Hebeltoft will share their thoughts about the reports, and they will explain what you can expect to find in the reports and why they might be interesting for you to read.

In this third interview, Sofie will tell about the CSR Report 2019 and especially the part about our environmental footprint.

 

All DFDS reports can be found here

 

 

Seven Sisters fitted with scrubber

Seven Sisters at Fayard Shipyard, Denmark. Her sister ship, Côte d’Albatre, will follow soon. Thank you to Peter Therkildsen for sharing the photo.

Until 15 March, Seven Sisters will be at the Fayard Shipyard in Denmark, where she will be fitted with a scrubber. Côte d’Albatre is next in line for the same procedure. Both ferries should be back in operation on the Newhaven – Dieppe route on 1 May.

Allan Lind Grodin, Project Manager and Naval Architect, Newbuilding & Major Conversions, says: “The new scrubbers will significantly improve the air quality in the local communities, in line with our CSR strategy with a focus on our environmental footprint. In addition, the shipyard also carried out regular maintenance, and installed a ballast water treatment system very similar to the one on board Regina Seaways.”

The odd ones out
Some of you may be wondering why Seven Sisters and Côte d’Albatre are in yellow livery, and branded Transmanche Ferries. Even though the two ferries are operated by DFDS, the French Government owns them and the Newhaven – Dieppe service, which DFDS operates on their behalf.

The colour scheme actually belongs to the Corsica Ferries–Sardinia Ferries ferry company. When the former ferry company Transmanche Ferries needed a ferry to operate the route in 2001, they chartered the ferry, Sardinia Vera, from Corsica Ferries–Sardinia Ferries, and retained the current colour scheme while rebranding her with the “T” on the hull.

In 2006, when Transmanche Ferries ordered the two newbuildings, Seven Sisters and Côte d’Albatre, they naturally decided to go with the same look. Despite LD Lines and subsequently DFDS taking over the service, the look has remained the same since the ships left the shipyard, Barreras, in Spain.

Eco-friendly ballast water on DFDS’ ships

Watch this video showing the installation of a new ballast water treatment system on Regina Seaways. Enjoy a tour of the 3D model environment and a time-lapse series of the yard installation.

As you may know, water is used as ballast on board ships to maintain safe operating conditions during a voyage by improving stability, reducing stress on the hull, and improving propulsion efficiency.

Last year, DFDS initiated a programme for installing ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) on all vessels in our fleet in order to support the marine environment and to comply with the international convention on ballast water management. The system prevents the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species through the use of ballast water on ships operating across different regions. This is done mechanically, using a combination of filtration and UV radiation to render the organisms non-viable.

For the last six months, the project team has been busy clarifying the batch 2020 ships’ system capacity needs, developing the new ship specific documentation, obtaining required approvals from the maritime authorities and planning the yard installations.

Jacob Johannesen, Project Manager & Naval Architect, Newbuilding & Major Conversions, says: “It is a challenging task to install the system with all its auxiliary components in an already-crowded machinery area. DFDS has teamed up with a design facility that uses a 3D scan of the relevant spaces to model the installation in a point cloud environment. This helps reduce the margin of error in the design and the installation time required.”

Five BWTS installations already in place

During the first two months of 2020, five BWTS installations have been made: Côte des Flandres, Regina Seaways, Dunkerque Seaways, Delft Seaways and Seven Sisters now all clean the water thoroughly before sending it back into the sea.

“Many colleagues within the organisation are involved with the programme during the different phases. However, a special thank-you must go to our good colleagues in Technical Organisation who are ensuring timely installations at the yard,” says Jacob.

Sofie Hebeltoft, Head of CSR, says: “Supporting the marine environment is part of our CSR strategy, and the installation of BWTS is an important part of this. It’s great to see how this is actually brought to life, both with the 3D simulation and the time-lapse film. Thank you to the team for sharing this with us.”

The programme will continue until end of 2024.

Poul Woodall wins award for sustainability efforts

After winning the Neptune award for being ‘The most devoted sustainability personality of the year’, Poul Woodall gives his perspective on working for greener shipping

 

On 26 February, Poul Woodall, DFDS’ Director of Environment & Sustainability, received the Neptune Award at the 2020 Greentech in Shipping event in Hamburg. He was voted ‘The most devoted sustainability personality of the year’, a title that he has now been awarded twice in a row. This is another achievement he can add to his crowded shelf space at DFDS’ headquarters in Copenhagen.

It comes as no surprise to his colleagues at DFDS that he won another award for his tireless efforts, and ‘devoted’ is certainly a fitting word to describe Poul. He was busy with meetings on day one of the event in Hamburg, so he joined on day two. Upon arrival he settled in for a day of discussions and panels and only looked at the card with the award nominations shortly before they began.

Poul was then very surprised to see his own name on the list of nominees. He was grateful when he was chosen to win by his industry peers in attendance, who discussed all sorts of innovation and green developments throughout the two-day event in Germany.

A portrait of Poul

In the maritime world it is remarkable to be as well known and well respected as Poul Woodall. However, this did not happen overnight. With a long career in international shipping, Poul has been dedicated to what he considers the biggest challenge since taking on his role as Director of Environment & Sustainability in 2013, namely protecting both the global and local environment to the best of our ability as our ships sail the trading lanes full of important goods and carry passengers everywhere.

Why is Poul a bit special in the maritime world and in the environmental fight? You could say that he leads the charge for the realistic and holistic way of seeing greener shipping take shape. He doesn’t just think of DFDS and where we operate. For Poul it’s the big picture that matters. He fights to pave the way forward and considers the need for change against the possibilities and limitations.

Poul says: “When we talk about being green or going zero emission in all sorts of ways, and everyone is excited about the next big thing, it’s in my nature to stop and think. When we pull at one end thinking that we are doing good, maybe something is happening at the other end which isn’t good at all. For example, when we can prevent emissions of NOx pollutants and that in turn causes greenhouse gases to be released into the atmosphere. So, I must consider which of these options is better for the environment, or if can we do something else.”


Poul (middle) joined Lucienne Damm (left), Senior Environmental Manager for TUI Cruises, in a panel to discuss what exactly makes a green ship,. The discussion was moderated by Frederik Schur Riis (right), Head of Green Ship of the Future.

 

“Some of the solutions we have today are temporary, and we can’t expect to rely on them forever. The most important thing, the really big problem, is the constant release of greenhouse gases. If we don’t come up with new technologies that make the world greener, if we can’t agree what “green” even means, and put a stop to our reliance on fossil fuels, we are in some trouble. But this just means that we have a lot of work to do.”

New HQ will be certified DGNB Gold

In 2022, our new headquarters in Copenhagen will stand ready for occupancy. The building will be owned by PensionDanmark with DFDS as contractual user.

PensionDanmark(PD) has very elaborate requirements for their sustainable building and construction projects. They must all be future proofed through flexible and high-quality solutions as well as low maintenance cost and energy consumption. To uphold and ensure the contribution to a sustainable future, all PD projects are required to be certified Gold in accordance with the DGNB certification system (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen, German Sustainable Building Council in English). Our new Headquarters in Copenhagen will be certified Gold.

Michael Sandberg, Head of HR Operations, says: “The DGNB system makes sustainable construction applicable and measurable on a practical level making it comparable. It follows a scoring system that assesses ecological, economical and sociocultural factors. To achieve Gold, a lot of factors are planned into the process compared to the construction of a building complying with present building regulations. The DGNB system therefore works like a optimisation tool to ensure a thorough process regarding everything from planning, construction and actual use.”


Assessments of the DGNB score system revolve around these core sustainability factors.

Sofie Hebeltoft, Head of CSR, says: “I am very happy that we, together with PensionDanmark, NCC and PLH Architects, can showcase a construction process and a building in 2022, that will be in line with our CSR strategy leading towards reducing our environmental footprint and being a caring employer.

For example, all materials are produced under proper working conditions and are selected with consideration for environmental impact, low degassing and whether they can be recycled.

Being a good neighbor
“The process criteria also ensure the construction site is maintained properly, where dust, noise and vibrations are handled sensibly for the benefit of the neighbors and construction workers. It is NCC that runs the site where resident’s meetings are also conducted to inform the local community about the construction. We are equally happy to see that NCC also accepted several apprenticeships to help with the construction showing support for the educational development within our society,” says Sofie.

Efficient maintenance and operation
“Factors like energy, indoor climate, waste, use of utility water, climate proofing and the measurement of consumption are all incorporated early in the planning, so that all parameters interplay and do not conflict with one another. For example, we ensure a low energy consumption by keeping out heat from the sun via solid isolation, automatic window blinds, window filters as well as an air condition system with very low air velocity. Solar panels on the roof and a bio tank that will produce biogas from leftover food will also contribute to generation of energy.”

The setting for a great workplace
“With an open café on the ground floor, terraces in front of the canteen, fitness area in the basement and a lot of meeting rooms in different sizes, there will be plenty of room to socialize and contribute to a good work environment. All this with great acoustic conditions via various décor to diffuse sound and the installation of silencing windows.”

These are just some of the very few examples of the sustainable initiatives, however, the Gold certification only ensures the right setting for a sustainable building and workplace. We have the responsibility to carry on this approach and ensure that we also incorporate high levels of sustainability when we design our way of working within the building. How we can behave and what initiatives will be available in order to achieve this will be touched upon on the Bridge at a later stage.”

Rescuing abandoned pets in Calais

Hear the story of César and the partnership with animal rescue LPA.

 

A partnership between DFDS and animal rescue charity LPA (Ligue de Protection des Animaux du Calais) in Calais helps animals left behind at the terminal. This greatly improves the rate and speed of adoption to avoid pets becoming strays.

Many animals, especially dogs, are sadly each year left behind by their owners at the Calais terminal, often because of problems with paperwork or vaccinations. Yaneth, Adam and their Boxer dog, Columbo, recently had trouble with their pet passport and received a helping hand from DFDS, but sometimes the misfortune is not solved, and an animal is left behind. One of them, German Shepherd César, was abandoned at Calais Port.

Watch the video for César’s story and see how the partnership with LPA works. It all came about after a DFDS member of staff in Calais became increasingly concerned about the fate of pets abandoned at Calais.

DFDS staff at the terminal have even taken abandoned pets home rather than see them become strays. One of the operations co-ordinators at Calais, Mélanie Declercq, decided to try to find a more practical solution, which is already making a difference.

Florent Dagbert, general manager of the LPA, Calais, says the DFDS partnership has meant they are able to help pets much more effectively: “Because they already have papers, the animals do not have to be kept in quarantine, isolated from people and other dogs, for months. The partnership with DFDS allows us to adopt animals more quickly and easily.”

Power-to-X conference on board Pearl Seaways

Key players in industry joined DFDS to discuss green shipping fuels

 

Power-to-X is about finding the synergies and creating the scale for turning green electricity into affordable fuel for the shipping industry.

For this purpose, shipping companies, the energy sector, and dozens of other experts joined DFDS in a conference on board Pearl Seaways in Copenhagen harbour on 30 January.

When we announced the conference last month, Jakob Steffensen, Head of Innovation and Partnerships at DFDS, explained what we aim to do with key players such as Maersk, Ørsted, Siemens A/S, Danish Ship Finance and Dansk Energi.

DFDS’ CFO Karina Deacon introduced the conference with some important words: “Over the next six hours you will be discussing solutions for a green transition for shipping. You are gathered here today to do something about it. Those solutions will be necessary for us to renew the maritime and maritime supply industries. We need to become climate friendly to stay relevant in the future, to maintain our businesses and the many jobs we provide.”

Why ammonia is so interesting

“Ammonia can be made from air, water and green electricity. It doesn’t add CO2 to the atmosphere when burned, and power-to-ammonia can be done with high total energy efficiency. Yes, it is toxic and smelly, requiring dedicated precautions, but there is so much potential in this carbon-free molecule as a fuel, that we must take this potential pathway very seriously,” says Tue Johannesen, Senior Innovation Portfolio Manager at Maersk.

Ammonia is already developed to a practical state that can be used by ships, with the three related factors of cost, scale and demand recognised as the key drivers by the conference speakers. Converting green energy such as wind power into hydrogen and ammonia is a viable way of achieving the scale, where costs become viable for industry.

It’s also a chicken and egg situation in terms of what comes first, the demand for the fuel from the industry, or the fuel provided by the energy sector.

Jakob Steffensen said: “The biggest issue is the price gap between black and green energy – it’s much easier to go green if the two meet. We need to learn fast in order to make the right strategic decisions. That’s why this day is all about partnerships, so we can share knowledge, discuss the barriers we need to cross, and drive innovation together.”

DFDS and Karina Deacon thanked the day’s participants: “We owe you our gratitude for being here today. Thank you for sharing your technologies, knowledge and experiences.”

The day brought us great insight from the speakers, with difficult questions and lively discussions throughout. Pearl Seaways provided a great venue, many thanks to the staff on board for hosting all our guests.


Anders Nordstrøm, VP and Head of Hydrogen at Ørsted


Jakob Steffensen, Head of Innovation & Partnerships at DFDS

Claus Møller, CEO at Siemens A/S and Head of Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Majbrit Hoppe, Business Developer at Funen’s Maritime Cluster

Crown Seaways ready for shore power

Crown Seaways at Fayard Shipyard. Photo taken by Peter Therkildsen

The Copenhagen – Oslo route has just taken another step towards a more sustainable power supply when in port.

Throughout January, Crown Seaways was on an extended New Year break as she was drydocked at the Fayard Shipyard in Denmark. The dry docking was in line with planned maintenance and a major refurbishment investment to improve Crown’s facilities. This included updating the restaurants and bars, public areas and cabins with a fresh, new look. As planned, Crown also had the fittings installed to enable the ship to receive power from shore.

Kim Heiberg, Route Director, says: “Crown Seaways is now ready to connect to the shore-power facilities in Oslo and shut down the auxiliary engines while in port as soon as the connections are made to the ship. Pearl Seaways was fitted out for this in January 2019, and is already receiving shore power in Oslo.

“I am also pleased about the agreement we signed with Copenhagen Malmö Port in October, according to which they will establish shore-power connections in Copenhagen. Construction is scheduled to start in 2020. When this is ready, both ships will receive power from shore in both ports.

“We get daily questions from our passengers about what we are doing for the environment, and now we show in a very visible way that we care and do something about it. It has also been a wish among our neighbours in Copenhagen for a long time.”

DFDS signs gender equality charter

Transport and shipping are male dominated industries and even though things have improved in recent years, there is still a significant lack of female employees and leaders.

DFDS is getting closer with 29% women in positions ashore and 18% at sea. However, there is still a significant lack of women in leading positions, even though the Executive Management Team has become more balanced recently.

There is a strong will to increase the share of women. Therefore, DFDS, along with other Danish shipping companies, signed a charter that obliges the companies to actively focus on gender equality. And this is not because it looks nice on paper:

“We need to do something about this to become a better company that makes better decisions. All research documents that you need to reach a level where the underrepresented gender makes out a third of the team before you get equal and balanced discussions,” says Torben Carlsen.

“We need to attract more of the female talents from other industries. Today, they usually do not choose a maritime career,” he says.

“I am very happy about the charter. I think we are doing a lot at DFDS. Diversity is a corner stone in our CSR strategy that is supported by the Executive Management Team and the Board of Directors. How to improve the gender was a key issue at the recent Annual Management Conference and VP seminars, and recently, all VP’s have developed 3 years plan for how to improve diversity in general, in their organisations. It doesn’t change overnight, but when the entire shipping community pushes the agenda, it will certainly speed up development,” says Sofie Hebeltoft, Director of our CSR department

“The charter is very good news. I believe that with gender equality at the top of the shipping community’s agenda, it will send a strong signal and invitation to female talents that they are wanted in our business and that we can offer them a great work environment and prosperous career opportunities,” says Anne-Christine Ahrenkiel, Chief People Officer, EVP.

Watch Danish Shipping’s video about gender equality here.

See Danish Shipping’s charter here.

 

Hybrid and electric vehicles are becoming popular

Left: Alvydas Mačius, Terminal Operations Manager in Klaipėda, charges their electric Nissan. Right: Julie Walker, Security Manager and Jason Norfolk, Security Officer, posing with three new electric vans for the Immingham security team

 

Many locations are replacing their old petrol- and diesel-powered company cars with electric and hybrid options. Recently the Immingham Terminal security team took delivery of three electric vans to join in the move to support DFDS’ CSR strategy and the aim of reducing emissions. A positive trend is accelerating, confirms Head of CSR Sofie Hebeltoft.

 

At DFDS, our colleagues often have the need to get around, whether it’s for security, terminal duties or meetings, so we have quite a few company cars. However, as most of the use is for short distances and is irregular rather than constant, there is a great case for using hybrid and electric cars and vans in our company fleet.

Fortunately, we can report that the use of these vehicles at DFDS is increasing at a high rate. When the infrastructure is in place, these types of vehicles have proven popular with our locations, as demonstrated by the many purchase orders and leases.

Immingham recently took delivery of three fully electric vans for the security team in an effort to further reduce our CO2 footprint at the terminal. They will be used by the team for their daily duties, and to provide increased capacity for moving equipment. This supports our terminal operations staff in ensuring that security is maintained.

Lee Bayliss, Director of Health, Safety & Security in Immingham, says: “This is a real shift in how we use vehicles at our terminals. Historically we have procured diesel-powered vehicles, which at low speeds churn out large deposits of CO2 and don’t run well over time. The procurement of the new vans reaffirms our commitment and support of the CSR strategy in reducing unnecessary carbon emissions. With no NOx particles coming from the electric motors, this positively impacts our environmental footprint within our area of responsibility, as these pollutants affect the health of those working around them.”

A clear trend at our locations

The numbers we received show that quite a few locations have one or two electric or hybrid vehicles, while many others have a handful. In Sweden the transition is expected to be almost total as the older petrol- or diesel-powered vehicles are replaced.

Sofie Hebeltoft, Head of CSR, says: “We see a clear trend at our locations as our colleagues in many parts of the business report that the number of electric and hybrid company cars is increasing via new purchases and leasing agreements.”

“In the UK and Northern Ireland alone, we lease 40 hybrid or electric vehicles for our company fleet. As an example, this represents approximately half of the cars in use by terminal staff, security and managers. In the UK there are tax benefits in using electric and hybrid company cars, which of course boosts adoption. This year we are going to look at the DFDS company car policy to support the change from diesel to hybrid and electric options.”

In several locations where it isn’t currently possible to charge electric or hybrid cars, work is being done to remedy this. It includes infrastructure, port arrangements and green sources of electricity. In just a few weeks, DFDS House in Copenhagen will have two charging stations for use by both employees and guests. With currently four hybrids and one electric van on location plus personal vehicles, this is very welcome.

Reports confirming the trend have come in from: Sweden, UK & Northern Ireland, Gothenburg Terminal, Logistics Immingham, Kiel Terminal, Vlaardingen, Klaipėda, Dover, Peterborough, Copenhagen and more. Thanks to all who have reported back so far.

Incept Sustainability offers free e-learning

All DFDS employees can sign up to four short sessions with Incept Sustainability about working with sustainability in mind.

 

Last summer we invited the start-up company Incept Sustainability to hold a workshop in DFDS House about working with sustainability in mind. Their presentation and material were very well received by participants.

As part of developing their tools, the company now offers all DFDS employees free access to their new web-based learning modules. Taken in four 30-minute sessions, the topics include the environmental situation, social aspects and business opportunities. These cover: making sustainable decisions, UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, emission evaluation methods, and much more. If you missed out on the 2019 workshop in Copenhagen, you’re in luck.

Sofie Hebeltoft, Head of CSR, says: “This is your opportunity to learn more about sustainability, both in general and in relation to DFDS. Through the program it will also be possible for the participants to provide me with input about what you think is most relevant for your work and for DFDS.”

Fill out the form below to receive access to the modules, which will run through the course of February 2020. If you have any questions, please write to Sofie Hebeltoft at soheb@dfds.com.

Sign up here.

Klaipėda colleagues give blood for the holidays

Holiday blood drive helps local patients in need. From left: Goda Baltuonė, Vaidas Krūmas and Robertas Kogelis

 

Vaidas Krūmas and Goda Baltuonė, Category Managers from Baltic Onboard Sales team, invited DFDS staff at Klaipėda offices to join a good cause – to donate blood to those who need it most.
Doctors and nurses at Klaipėda branch of the National Blood Centre were very happy to welcome DFDS staff. They noted a general increase in donations for the month of November by generous Klaipėda citizens, our colleagues included, with 1,177 donations in total.

Goda says: “Christmas time is a period when staff at the centre are in urgent need of donations. Vaidas and I felt we needed to raise awareness and encourage colleagues to join this initiative where we can help others and save lives. There are local DFDS staff who regularly visit this centre, however as an example, this initiative encouraged Robertas Kogelis to overcome small fears and donate blood for the first time in his life.”

“It wasn‘t as scary as it may seem,“ adds Robertas Kogelis, Director Onboard Sales Baltic Sea.

Local children Sail with Santa

DFDS recently held an exclusive ‘Sail with Santa’ event for local families as part of the UK charity Cash for Kids’ Mission Christmas appeal.

The event took place on King Seaways at the Port of Tyne and saw over 200 children and their families attend a specially arranged Christmas party. Activities on board included Christmas entertainment, face-painting and a festive meal prepared by the chefs. Children also got the opportunity to meet the Captain, several Disney Princesses, Captain America and the main man himself, Santa Claus.

Guests were invited to the event by Cash for Kids, a children’s charity with regional bases across the UK, established to improve opportunities and provide life-changing experiences for young people across the UK. Sail with Santa offered hundreds of local children from disadvantaged backgrounds or with life-limiting illnesses the chance to enjoy some festive fun.

Lucy Chambers, Brand & Content Specialist, says: “We’re incredibly proud to have the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children in our region. The Sail with Santa event spreads plenty of Christmas cheer and provided a fun day out for local children and their families.”

“Huge thanks to everyone in the Newcastle office and onboard King Seaways who helped organise the event. Our very own Chris Whitfield even dressed up as Captain America for the occasion!”

The day came to a close with a special performance of ‘Let it Go’ by the Princesses, complete with snow! Every child left the ship with a gift from Santa, a special passport full of Princess autographs and magical memories of a festive party with a difference.

Children celebrate onboard King Seaways with the Captain, Santa and his elves.

 

Merida from Brave enjoying a dance onboard.

 

Sleeping Beauty signing autographs.

 

The Captain and staff onboard King Seaways feeling festive.

 

Captain America greets our guests.

 

DFDS Polska support fundraising for child with a brain tumour

DFDS Polska organise cake sales to raise money for 6-year-old Jasiu Woźniak

The Christmas period is a special time of the year, where among all this chaos of buying presents and finishing all our important festive stuff, there is also a bit of time for reflection and taking part in charity events.

This year in DFDS Polska we have an opportunity to help one of our employee’s family – 6-year-old Jasiu Woźniak – in raising funds (more than 700.000EUR is required) for his lifesaving brain tumour treatment.

As always in such cases, time is crucial, therefore we decided to organise on Wednesday 11 December in DFDS Polska building, a bake sale during which we were collecting money for his treatment. We were selling homemade cakes prepared by DFDS Polska employees and encouraging everyone from the many business in our building to share our initiative via social media and help us towards the financial goal. The action was really well received, and we would like to thank all those who baked delicious cakes and contributed to the success of the event:
@Marta Norkiewicz, @Patrycja Brzezinska, @Katarzyna Gizińska, @Magdalena Plonka, @Joanna Kicinska, @Anna Sut, @Agnieszka Plichcińska, @Marta Przybyl, @Katarzyna Jankiewicz, @Aleksandra Appelt, @Monika Brzoska, @Weronika Branicka,@Karol Janochowski

The goal of 700.000 EUR is a long way from being reached, but encouraged by the success of our cake sale, we decided to organise it again on Wednesday morning 18 December.

We are aware that with such a huge collection it’s important to engage as many people as possible. There are other local initiatives in Poznań city which are already taking place, so if anyone else would like to join us and support, please share via your social media profiles and link to the official fundraising site for Jasiek:

https://www.siepomaga.pl/en/jasiek

We all believe that even though the treatment is extremely expensive and not affordable by any individual, by sharing, engaging and collaborating – especially with the festive spirit – it will save Jasiek’s life and we may all be part of it.