Shipping has allowed us to adapt to new challenges and seek new opportunities down the millennia, and while the circumstances may change the need to innovate is ever present. William Gibby, Technical Director at MAATS Tech explains why a changing energy landscape could be the catalyst for a whole new generation of ships.
The Port of Virginia has started a three-year, $320m expansion effort at the Virginia International Gateway. The project is one of two that, when complete, will boost annual container capacity by 40% by 2020. Ross Davies examines the plan, and asks how it might change the flow of container traffic on the East Coast of the US.
Friends of the Earth’s 2014 Cruise Ship Report Card revealed that more than 40% of ships rely on outdated sewage treatment technology and the industry doesn’t want to talk about its environmental practices. Elly Earls meets Marcie Keever, director of FOE’s Oceans and Vessels program, to find out more about how the report is compiled and why cruise operators are keeping their mouths shut.
Propelled by a mix of wind and LNG, the Vindskip is a new vessel concept already making waves across the shipping industry. But could the design it is based on really be enough to power large ships, leaving a minimal environmental footprint in the process? Ross Davies met Norwegian designer Terje Lade to find out.
As the Ebola virus continues to spread, transport and logistics companies are raising their guard with some shipping companies even writing Ebola clauses into their contracts. The International Maritime Organization is still urging against a travel ban, but is it doing enough to safeguard passage at a time of crisis?
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In April, European politicians rejected plans to include nitrogen oxides – while carbon dioxide was approved – as part of ship emissions’ monitoring requirements. The move that has not gone down well with environmental groups who are citing estimates that nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide emissions from shipping will surpass those from all other sources by 2020.
Emissions from auxiliary engines running while ships are at berth is a substantial source of pollution. By using shore-side electrical power, or cold-ironing, ships can reduce emissions and operational costs. Frances Cook looks at the US’s busiest ports, the San Pedro Bay Ports, and Europe’s leading port, the Port of Rotterdam, to find out more about their shore-side projects and resulting benefits.
By September 2013, the largest hybrid vessel ever built, The Prinsesse Benedikte, will transport passengers and vehicles with a new lithium polymer battery system, that will improve Scandlines’ bottom line and its environmental impact. Frances Cook talks to energy solutions provider Corvus Energy, a company that is revolutionising the marine industry.
A growing need for cost-savings and greater accountability for emissions and environmental performance within the shipping industry has resulted in a huge upswing in eco-friendly marine propulsion and power systems.