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Green Ships Ahoy Along Vital Corridors

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on 7 News Australia.

These are the first two paragraphs.

Australia’s biggest miners are preparing for a day of reckoning.

Shipping accounts for two to three per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions so manufacturers and retailers are no longer just considering what appears in national targets.

The article then goes on to explain how the big mining companies are cutting their emissions.

This paragraph illustrates how important mining and shipping is to Australia.

Resources and energy earnings passed $300 billion for the first time in 2020-21 and will surge towards $400 billion in 2021-22, according to December figures.

Hence the big need for ships fuelled by lower carbon fuels.

January 2, 2022 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel, World | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Distributed Power Supplies Key To Rolls’ Earnings

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Diesel and Gas Turbine Worldwide.

Rolls Royce Power Systems is a German company, that is wholly-owned by Rolls-Royce, that makes power units for trains, ships and power standby systems.

  • Despite the pandemic they have not been doing badly.
  • Orders appear to have grown 19 % in the last year.
  • Climate-friendly products are noted in the article as important for the future.

The company has formed a Sustainable Power Solutions business unit to handle this area.

One of their products recently made its debut in the UK and I wrote about it in First Passenger Journey In The UK With mtu Hybrid PowerPack.

All seemed to go well.

It does appear that one part of Rolls-Royce is on the way to recovery.

August 7, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Transport/Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

UK Cruise Ships Scrapped In India’s ‘Ship Graveyard’

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Two UK cruise ships have been scrapped on an Indian beach despite assurances they would continue to be operated.

The ships are the Marco Polo and the Magellan, whose owner went bust due to the pandemic.

After a couple of transactions, they will be heading to the ship-breaker at Alang in North-West India.

This Google Map shows the yard. Or beach!

What a mess!

It looks to me, that someone has been doing a bit of sleight of ship to get round UK regulations, which class ships at the end of their lives as hazardous waste and make it illegal to send them to developing countries.

 

 

March 2, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 3 Comments

The Foul-Smelling Fuel That Could Power Big Ships

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

The article talks in detail about using liquid ammonia to power large ocean-going ships.

  • A research project is underway in Copenhagen.
  • The ammonia would be green ammonia produced by renewable energy.

The aim is to seriously reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from shipping.

November 6, 2020 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 1 Comment

Green Tugboats? ‘Revolutionary’ Hydrogen Ship Engine Unveiled In Belgium

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Business Green.

This is the first paragraph.

A “revolutionary” hybrid ship engine powered by green hydrogen and diesel has been unveiled today in Belgium, with developers claiming the innovation could cut CO2 emissions from ships, trains and electricity generators by up to 85 per cent.

The engine has been given the name BeHydro.

The first order has been received by the developers; ABC, for two 2MW dual fuel engines that will be installed on a hydrogen-powered tug for the Port of Antwerp.

Motors up to the size of 10 MW are under development.

This is the last sentence of the article.

In theory, any large diesel engine can be replaced by a BeHydro engine. The hydrogen future starts today.

It is a quote from the CEO  of one of the companies involved.

Conclusion

This is a development to follow.

The BeHydro engine, with its dual-fuel approach, is claimed to cut carbon emissions by 85 %.

In the Wikipedia entry for ABC or Anglo Belgian Corporation, there is a section called Products. This is a paragraph.

The engines are found in use on large river barges such as those found on the Rhine, coastal freighters, fishing boats, ferries, tugboats (which typically use 2 engines), and other ships. Other applications include electricity generation, and pumping engines, engines for cranes, and locomotives (including the Belgian Railways Class 77 and Voith Maxima), as well as dual fuel (gas/oil) DZD engines.

I feel that that the BeHydro engine will keep the company busy.

September 19, 2020 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

British Start-Up Attempts To Bring Steam Power Back To Shipping

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Splash 247.

These are the introductory p[aragraphs.

A British start-up called Steamology is trying to bring steam power back to shipping. However, the key difference for this 21st century invention is that instead of steam generated by burning coal, Steamology’s steam is generated by burning pure oxygen and hydrogen, split from water.

The company has just won UK government innovation funding of £400,000 ($496,000) to trial the technology initially for trains but with a longer term view of getting it onboard ships.

There’s also a good graphic, which explains how the technology works.

 

 

July 2, 2020 Posted by | Energy, Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Batteries Are Beautiful – Silent Sailing Is An Eco-Winner

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Riviera Maritime Media.

It is a must-read article about the way, ships will be powered in the future.

Already, the Norwegian operator; Hurtigruten, has ordered two hybrid powered cruise ships, the first first of which is the MS Raold Amundsen.

August 9, 2019 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Liverpool2 On The One Show

Liverpool2 is the Port of Liverpool’s new extension to handle the largest container ships.

They were reporting from it today on BBC’s One Show, as it will official open tomorrow.

  • It can handle two of the largest container ships at the same time.
  • It can handle 95% of the global container fleet.
  • The Canada Dock branch is being upgraded, so it can handle 48 trains per day.

Depending what you read, Peel Ports are investing up to £750million in upgrading their port of  Liverpool and the Manchester Ship Canal.

This article in the Liverpool Echo is entitled Liverpool port’s Panama deal could boost transatlantic trade from city.

This is said.

Bosses at the Port of Liverpool have signed a deal with the Panama Canal’s owners they say could create jobs and help boost trade across the Atlantic.

Peel Ports has signed an agreement with the Panama Canal Authority, which runs the vital waterway that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

The Memorandum of Understanding aims to grow trade links between Liverpool and the west coast of America via the Panama Canal.

So will that bottle of Chilean wine have arrived in the UK, via the Panama Canal and Liverpool?

I remember reading somewhere or I might have been told by someone in the University, that if you send goods by container ship from the Americas to Europe, that going via Liverpool and then using a train, takes a day off the journey, than going via Rotterdam.

So Liverpool can exploit its position at one end of the Blue Banana. I wrote more about this in Have You Heard about…the New European Transport Strategy?, which I wrote when the Gotthard Base Tunnel was completed.

It’ll be interesting to see how much of the container traffic through Liverpool in a few years time is coming from or going to mainland Europe.

With many goods, speed is paramount and Liverpool’s position may give it an advantage.

Incidentally, one of the main reasons for HS2, is to create freight paths between the Liverpool, Birmingham, London and the Channel Tunnel, on the West Coast Main Line, by reducing the passenger trains on the line,

Where the trouble is going to come is in London, as freight trains between Liverpool and Europe will have to come through Camden, Islington and Hackney. At least, they’re electrifying the missing link between Gospel Oak and Barking.

November 3, 2016 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

On My Way To Split

Dubrovnik does not have a railway station, so it was a ferry to Split.

It certainly wasn’t the typical Mediterranean rust-bucket, that I’ve encountered in Greece and Italy, but a modern high-speed catamaran, that had been built in Australia.

The only problem was that the boat wasn’t big enough, for the large number of passengers going to Split from the islands. But this is to be expected, as it was the only boat on the day I travelled.

May 10, 2016 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Everybody Razzle Dazzle

I took these pictures of the Mersey Ferry; Snowdrop, which has been given a razzle-dazzle colour scheme by Sir Peter Blake.

I like it.

April 29, 2015 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment