Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Envisioning the low carbon future at sea

Tuesday May 4 4:39:00 BST 2010
Envisioning the low carbon future at sea
And how B9 Shipping underpins its smooth and rapid transition

90% of the stuff we consume is carried by sea. Shipping has largely excluded itself from environmental scrutiny because often as not ships are registered in exotic unregulated locations and on an 'emissions per tonne carried' basis shipping looks like a pretty good way to shift goods. However, this relative effieicncy encourages a modal shift to sea transport which in turn leads to increased CO2 emissions from shipping.

Already shipping is responsible for 3% of global CO2 emissions – as much as Canada or Germany. Modal shifts could see that increase to a projected 18% by 2050 in a business as usual model.[1]Furthermore bunker fuel – which is used in shipping – is more akin to tar than the refined stuff we put into our cars at the pump. So it’s dirtier and accounts for wider pollution problems in ports accounting for some 60,000 deaths every year. [2]
  Oil powered ships have to keep increasing in size to optimise economies of scale in the face of increasing fuel costs. B9 Ships are small (and beautiful) and have no dependency on fossil fuels but can get bigger as the design is developed in practice. Conventional ships are being forced to slow down to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions. As they do so and as B9 Ships evolve performance variances will converge. The fossil fuel free cargo ship, the B9 Ship, will be the favoured option for best value – both internally and externally.

Complacency in the shipping sector has been endemic and the failure at Copenhagen 2009 to address shipping emissions allows the industry to continue to drag its heels. As the realisation of the full effects of how Peak Oil impacts our global community urgently establishing global, reliable, affordable fossil fuel free transport infrastructure becomes critical.

B9 Shipping believes now is the time to act, and since all the technology is readily available and just needs bringing together in an innovative way, and since action results in commercial and social benefits, there‘s no impediment to just getting on with it. So let’s just do it.

[1]International Maritime Organisation
[2]http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn12892-shipping-pollution-kills-60000-every-year.htm   linter alia

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