Annual report

Priority 3: Protecting life below water

The ocean is one of the planet’s most sustaining resources, one we’ve been sharing for more than 150 years. To us, protecting life below water means maintaining the ocean’s biodiversity and safeguarding the ocean’s ecosystems. Since our operations can impact both, we are vigilant in our compliance efforts while embracing innovation to find new solutions that decrease our impacts on life below water.

We have a holistic approach to our impacts, taking responsibility for the full lifecycle of our vessels, from design to recycling.  Wallenius Wilhelmsen owned vessels are recycled according to our Responsible Vessel Recycling Policy, and we disclose metrics on vessels recycled in our Annual Report, on our website and also at

The Marine Operations Team has the overall responsibility for ensuring the environmental emergency preparedness of our fleet, in close collaboration with the fleet’s various ship management companies who are responsible for response readiness of their respectively managed vessels.

To manage our environmental impacts and continuously improve our environmental performance, we measure, manage and report on our performance in six material areas: Environmental emergency preparedness on land and sea, Environmental issues in ship recycling, Ballast water, Hull fouling, Bio-security and Ship-generated waste.

Review of progress in 2019

During 2019 a new supplier initiative to reduce the amount of packaging waste left onboard ocean vessels was implemented, dramatically reducing total waste from vessels by approximately 20%, due largely to better trash-handling routines and equipment.

WW Ocean had one environmental breach during the year: the M/V Tamesis had an oil spill while at anchor in Lvhuashan Southern Anchorage (China), resulting from a broken hose that formed part of the hydraulic system for the stern ramp, spilling about 100 litres to the sea. The vessel response system worked properly, and a clean-up was successfully completed.

A group Biosecurity Management Plan for the whole fleet was completed 2019, and a review of the plan will be conducted in 2020 based on effectiveness and geographical developments. In 2020, biosecurity KPIs and goals will be set.

All the company-owned fleet was enrolled in Hull Biofouling Management programmes during the year. More efficient hull cleaning has contributed to lower fuel oil consumption; since hull fouling increases the drag on a ship, biofouling management is an important part of improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions from our ships.

Thirteen vessels were fitted with Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) in 2019, meaning 15% of the company-owned fleet now has BWTS installed and the remainder of the fleet complies with requirements through ballast water exchange.

The company did not recycle any vessels in 2019, as no company-owned vessels were retired.

As part of a company-wide implementation of a new Sustainability Management System in 2020, management will be reviewing all prioritised material topics; setting and validating current KPIs, informed by science-based targets as relevant; reviewing progress against current goals and setting new goals and targets for the short and long term.

Governance policies and documents

Biofouling Management Policy, Ballast Water Management Policy, Vessel Recycling Policy.


2019 Annual Performance Data

 KPI description Unit of Measurement 2019 Data
Non-compliant environmental emergencies, ocean fleet Number of incidents 1
Non-compliant environmental breaches (release, spill or discharge) reported to authorities, landbased activities Number of incidents 1
Number of company-owned vessels recycled Number of vessels 0
Ballast water systems installed on company-owned vessels Number of installations 13
Owned fleet enrolled in hull fouling management programmes Percent enrolled 100%
Average fouling-factor score for ocean fleet Score, 1-10 3
Cargo-related biosecurity incidents Number of incidents Several
Total trash sent to shore reception facilities from owned fleet Cubic metres 4,931.10
Average amount of landed garbage per vessel Cubic metres 64.80
Food waste discharged to sea Cubic metres 388.30
Average amount of food waste discharged to sea, per vessel Cubic metres 5.10
Water consumption, landbased services Litres 53,817,587
Waste sent to landfills, generated from landbased services Tonnes 5,843



Vessels in the fleet are scored 1 (good) to 10, considering the type, amount, and coverage of hull fouling. A higher score translates into higher environmental risks and financial costs.

In 2019 we focused on reducing the amount of packaging waste left onboard our vessels, reducing total waste from vessels by approximately 20%.