From Yahoo News:
Officials of Ingram Barge Company and the Mississippi River Corridor –
Tennessee (MRCT) today announced the results of an air emissions reduction
program for towboats operating on the Mississippi River. Funding for this
effort was awarded to MRCT by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as
part of the Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program.
Ingram participated in the program by retrofitting six towboats in its
industry-leading inland marine fleet with a unique DOC and closed crank case
emission control system. The device fits inside the exhaust system of a
towboat engine and reduces the amount of pollution resulting from burning
Representatives from the project partners also discussed results of the
program, including announcing significant reductions in particulates, carbon
monoxide, and hydrocarbons from exhaust emissions fr... (more)
From the Charleston Post and Courier:
Black smoke trails from the Carnival Fantasy as the crew fires its diesels to
set out of Charleston Harbor. The smoke and its stink are a focus of
neighborhood and environmentalist concerns about pollution from cruise ships.
But air pollution from the ships is being regulated and the regulations are
tightening. The Fantasy’s six engines don’t burn the infamous Bunker C
fuel that has been described as little more than heavily polluting sludge.
They burn a higher grade of the same sort of fuel and, starting in 2012, will
be forced to burn eve... (more)
China takes a lot of heat for environmental damage, much of it justified.
However, things in China are changing: rapidly. The government has begun a
push to encourage shipping lines to operate sustainably and efficiently, many
of which are doing so voluntarily in anticipation of new emissions
regulations. But, what about shipbuilding?
This week, Rongsheng shipbuilding announced that it was focusing on the
building of hybrid fuel / LNG powered vessels. As is no big secret, shipyards
in China are greatly improving in technology, efficiency and quality.
Environmental responsibility... (more)
From Digital Ship:
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has awarded a contract to
Deltamarin for a study on tests and trials of the Energy Efficiency Design
Index (EEDI), as developed by IMO.
The main objective of the contract is to provide EMSA with a technical study
on the EEDI, in order to refine the EEDI application for certain categories
of RoRo ships (volume and weight carriers) and to identify the potential
application of the EEDI or any alternative method to improve energy
efficiency of purpose built vessels from a technical and design point of
The Energy... (more)
A posting related to the belated holiday season’s greetings here. Something
to ponder for the New Year:
Block Coefficient: The ratio of the volume of water displaced by a ship to
the product of the ship’s length, breadth, and draft.
A couple of weeks ago, I was in our Cannes headquarters meeting with our
president, Mr. Paul Bezzi. We were looking at some quotations, and Paul said
to me, “John, I’ll bet you don’t know this, but I can tell you exactly
how much Jesus weighed.”
“Huh?”, I replied.
It is simple. You know, in the Bible it is mentioned how Jesus walked on the