The global shipping fleet is a major emitter of carbon dioxide and other global warming pollutants, which is why Oceana has petitioned the EPA to regulate global warming pollution from the shipping industry.
News broke sometime last week of a new innovation:
With the shipping industry accounting for 3 percent of global CO2 emissions, environmental groups are urging shipping companies to reduce emissions. And with fuel prices continuing to climb, shipping companies are looking for ways to become more efficient.
The Beluga Shipping Company recently killed these two birds with one stone when it set sail from Germany to Venezuela using a kite made by German company, SkySails.
The kite measures 160 square meters (1,722 square feet) and gives Beluga's large cargo ship some extra pull when the winds are right. A new twist on an old method of transport, adding a sail or kite to medium-size cargo ships, cruise liners, or trawlers can cut fuel use by 10 percent to 20 percent or more, saving roughly $1500 per day.
Sails can save money and decrease emissions, a win-win for the shipping industry.
- Video: Oceana Makes Plea for Mediterranean Swordfish, Says EU Overlooking Its Decline Posted Wed, October 15, 2014
- CEO Note: President Obama Designates Largest Marine Reserve in the World Posted Fri, October 17, 2014
- Deep Sea Sharks in Northeast Atlantic Still at Risk from Overexploitation, Warns Group Posted Tue, October 14, 2014
- Ocean Roundup: Federal Agencies Called Out on Ocean Acidification Inaction, Steller Sea Lions May Have a New Predator, and More Posted Thu, October 16, 2014
- Oceana Magazine, Dr. Pauly Column: How Do We Know How Many Fish There Are in The Sea? Posted Fri, October 17, 2014