10,000 tons less CO2 with a coat of paint

We will reduce emissions by 45 % from 2008 to 2030 through upgrades to existing vessels. New hull coating on four of our new Jinling vessels is expected to reduce our annual C02 emissions by 10,000 tons.


DFDS’ short-term climate plan is about improving what we have in order to reduce emissions by 45% by 2030. Our main focus is on upgrading existing vessels.

During Q3, Troy, Ephesus, Hollandia and Humbria Seaways were docked to rectify issues with underwater parts. The EMT was very positive to using this opportunity to invest app. €2 million to upgrade the hull coating to a high performance coating, to reduce hull resistance. DFDS currently has a fleet-wide agreement with coating-solution manufacturer Hempel, and the vessels were upgraded to Hempaguard X7, a silicon-based coating.

Ship hull

“This paint will reduce water resistance and enable us to use less fuel. It gives the vessels a smooth surface below the waterline, so they glide like dolphins in the water. This simple but effective improvement is expected to reduce emissions on these four ships by about 4-6%, or 10,000 tons of CO2 per year,” says DFDS Technical Organisation VP Thomas Mørk. Thomas Mørk

"This expected reduction in CO2 equals what James Bond would emit if we took his brand new Aston Martin DBS for a ride…1050 times around the world," Thomas says.

More to come on our short-term climate plan.

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