Almost three-quarters (71%) of all new container ships already comply with the post-2025 requirements of the IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), according to a study by environmental campaign group Transport & Environment.
Additionally, the best 10% of new container ships are already almost twice as efficient as the requirement for 10 years’ time, which states that all new ships must be 30% more energy efficient than those built in 2014.
For this reason, Transport & Environment has recommended that existing EEDI targets are revised and that future design standards should be based on the performance of the 10% of best ships in each segment.
The findings are based on analysis of the IMO’s own data and reveal that, in addition to container ships, 69% of general cargo ships, 26% of new tankers, and 13% of gas carriers exceed the EEDI’s 2025 requirements 10 years ahead of schedule.
The 10% best performing general cargo ships, tankers and gas carriers are respectively 57%, 35% and 42% more efficient than was required by the EEDI in the period 2013-2015.