Minimizing our environmental footprint

Sustainable and efficient transport has been high on the agenda of the Spliethoff Group for many years. We embrace sustainability, and certainly it is becoming an increasingly important part of discussions, publicly, politically and with our customers.

We believe that a sustainable value chain can only be achieved by collaboration between all stakeholders. By publishing regular Sustainability Reports we would like to share our experiences, views and goals. We want to show you the steps we are taking to reduce our environmental impact and also aim to stimulate discussion and collaboration with our stakeholders.

Performance monitoring system

Another important aspect of our efforts towards reducing our environmental footprint is our performance monitoring system. As part of that system we have applied IoT technology to our fleet in order to collect all the data needed to optimize the operational performance and energy efficiency of our fleet. The knowledge gained from this system is then used towards training our crew and office staff, in order to continuously improve our operations. Advanced weather routing tools are also available on board and in our offices ashore, to ensure safe and fuel efficient voyages.


Energy efficient vessel design

In our newbuild program, energy efficient vessel design has high priority and a continuous program of testing and evaluating new technologies to reduce CO2, NOx, SOx and ballast water emissions has been implemented. Over the last years, wind assisted propulsion systems have been tested and are currently used on board. Also, large investments in exhaust gas cleaning systems and ballast water treatment systems have previously been made. Additionally, much research is done on alternative and sustainable fuels and on applying these whenever permitting.

The balance of being able to deliver highly efficient operations for our customers and the application of new technologies is very important for us and is our collaboration with our customers, therefore crucial for building the sustainable future we envision.

In our Sustainability Report, you can follow our efforts and endeavours towards a sustainable future. Follow this link to see our latest edition and to subscribe to our mailing list:


Safety is top priority

Safety is paramount within the Spliethoff Group, both for our employees on board and ashore.

We have implemented international (ISM Code), national (ARBO) and the latest industry safety standards, so we can guarantee safe operations on board of our vessels. Training is provided to raise safety awareness and to familiarize our co-workers with new techniques and the latest technologies. Extensive programs on risk assessments, incident reporting and investigation have been established.

Less emissions to the air - scrubbers

Spliethoff strives to reduction of the fleet’s SOx and soot (PM) emissions. The majority of the fleet is equipped with scrubbers (exhaust gas cleaning system). The scrubber is a device that washes sulphur and other substances out of the engines exhaust gasses.

Watch our short animation to find out more about scrubber technology and our considerations for choosing this technology.