Tuesday Feb 23 2:59:00 GMT 2010
It was foggy as we crossed the Tyne on the Metro to Pallion in Sunderland. Once the most productive shipbuilding region in the world the Wear is now a run down kind of place but full of warm-hearted, passionate people.
The Pallion Shipyard is a monument to the loss of engineering capabilities in the UK. An awesome covered shipbuilding facility with capacity to build several B9 Ships simultaneously and yet it’s lying idle, home now to a couple of tiny engineering outfits, a once noble ship, The Manxman, waiting to be broken up, and a small flock of pigeons.
But the North East of England has become one of the UK’s first low carbon economic areas (LCEA) and is focussing its energies on ‘ultra low carbon vehicles’. There can be nothing more ultra low carbon than a vehicle powered by wind – the most available and free resource, augmented by B9-biogas powered engines . So we eagerly anticipate that Pallion could be building ships again one day soon.
The fog is clearing and we are beginning to be able to make out exactly how UK PLC can build B9 Ships in multiple destinations around the country.
Upcoming B9 Shipping Presentations
David Surplus, MD B9 Shipping, is presenting a paper entitled
THE POTENTIAL OF THE RENEWABLE ENERGY DIRECTIVE TO STIMULATE THE RETURN OF COASTAL SAILING CARGO VESSELS
Royal Institution of Naval Architects Environmental Sustainability Conference on March 10
and the following day he is presenting at
The Annual Marine Propulsion Conference a paper called
FOSSIL FUEL FREE FUTURE: POWERING THE NEXT GENERATION OF VESSELS