Wagenborg is committed to achieve a better climate and environment

Wagenborg is committed to achieve a better climate and environment

Wagenborg takes active part in the shipping and transport de-carbonizing energy transition. Together with our stakeholders - authorities, clients, investors, public, employees, suppliers - we accept sustainability challenges to reduce our environmental footprint.

  • Fuel savings and energy efficiency
  • Reduce fuel emissions with transition fuels
  • Carbon neutral shipping and transport
  • Modifications of the existing fleet
  • New design & building leading fuel efficient vessels

Our sequence of steps towards carbon neutral shipping and recent achievements


We aim to reduce fuel consumption by using new technologies on board and ashore, such as weather routing, fuel efficiency monitoring systems, trim optimization and combinator sailing.


In collaboration with our stakeholders we aim to use transition fuels to reduce emissions for the transition period towards carbon neutral shipping.


We are committed to achieve carbon neutral shipping and investigate and test potential new carbon neutral fuels, such as green methanol and green hydrogen.


Convert the current fleet towards carbon neutral vessels, by using new propulsion and energy systems.


Renew the existing fleet by carbon-neutral vessels (new design emission free and new energy systems)

Achievement: weather routing

Wagenborg updated her weather routing software and installed it on the bridge of all 82 Wagenborg owned vessels. With this software update, voyages can be planned more accurately by using weather conditions in the most optimal way and thus unnecessary fuel consumption. Although every vessel has an unique sailing profile, fuel savings up to 8% are noted.

Achievement: weather routing

Achievement: Gas To Liquid as transition fuel

The walk to work vessels Kroonborg and Kasteelborg sail on Gas To Liquid (GTL) fuel as first offshore vessels in the world. GTL is a liquified natural gas, which burns cleaner than conventional fuels, and therefore produces fewer local emissions and black smoke.

Achievement: Gas To Liquid as transition fuel

Achievement: Green Maritime Methanol project

The Green Maritime Methanol project consortium has selected nine ships for research into the application of renewable methanol as a transport fuel, including a Wagenborg ship.

Achievement: Green Maritime Methanol project

Achievement: Wind propulsion ventifoils on board MV Ankie

Two Econowind ventifoils were installed in the MV Ankie, a 3.600 DWT vessel. Fuel savings on the MV Ankie are expected to be around 15%, depending on her exact sailing routes and actual wind conditions. Under ideal circumstances, the Ventifoils could generate 25 - 30% of her propulsion.

Achievement: Wind propulsion ventifoils on board MV Ankie

Our goals to achieve a better climate and environment

  • Comply with CO2 reduction targets as set by the IMO and EU
  • Comply with the Polar Code and use MGO fuel when sailing in IMO polar regions
  • Sail on MGO or VLSFO instead of scrubber installations to reduce CO2 emissions
  • Apply hard cleanable coatings and minimize the use of anti-fouling to reduce emission of toxic chemicals
  • Comply with the Ballast Water Management Convention
  • New vessel designs have an improved EEDI compared to the previous design
  • Equip fleet with smart shipping tools for fuel monitoring and real time tracking
  • Owned vessels certified by the Clean Shipping Index

Our performance targets to achieve a better climate and environment

Reduce CO2 emissions with 20% in 2024, 55% in 2030 and 70% in 2050
20 USCG and IMO approved ballast water treatment systems
installations per year
Equip 100% of the fleet with smart shipping tools for fuel consumption and real time tracking by 2021.

Fleet comparison

In addition to the IMO CO2 reduction targets in maritime shipping, Wagenborg has expressed its ambition as part of the Green Deal agreed amongst the Dutch maritime sector to go one step further. For example, the parties involved aspire to have at least one zero-emission seagoing vessel put into service in 2030. In addition, we asprire to achieve an absolute CO2 reduction of 70% by 2050 compared to 2008 by maritime shipping. The ultimate ambition: to achieve climate-neutral shipping as soon as possible after 2050 and in any case before the end of this century.


To determine whether Wagenborg is operating in line with these objectives, we periodically monitor our fleet. Below is a comparison of our fleet in 2020 versus 2008.

  • Number of ships: +30%
  • Cargo capacity: +69%
  • gCO2/ton/nm: -22%

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