NYK uses smoke-suppression additives in Tokyo terminal
Nippon Yusen Kaisha has started using “smoke suppression type” fuel additives to reduce harmful emissions from equipment used at its Tokyo container terminal.
The use of such additives in fuel oil used to the power diesel engines of cargo handling equipment aims to reduce soot and smoke emission from exhaust gas.
NYK said that the Tokyo container terminal is not currently regulated under the Tokyo metropolitan government environmental conservation bylaw in terms of exhaust gas emission from diesel-fueled vehicles. However, from April 2005, stricter limits will be set for particulate matter emissions.
Test results have shown that the smoke suppression additives cut 25 percent to 40 percent of the particulate matter emissions from cargo handling equipment diesel engines, according to NYK. The additives also cut carbon dioxide emission, a gas that contributes to global warming.
The port of Vancouver in Canada recently announced a similar fuel additive initiative to lower pollution.