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The following paper was prepared by our President, Mr. Paul Bezzi, several years ago. We hope you find it interesting and useful.   Introduction.   I am writing this paper with the aim to help those deciding on which propulsion system to select for their particular application. The majority of yachts and fast boats are targeting speeds in excess of 30 knots. For that purpose, engine manufacturers, boat-yards, and propulsion manufacturers are increasing power, behaviour at sea, and efficiency. Very shortly, problems appear due to the lack of know how; the true reason of failure of performance… I propose to go step by step in the detail of a typical project.   1-The hull There are several types of hull capable of performance, and the best hull will be the one that fulfils the owner’s needs. In fact , most of the errors I observed during the past years were due to ... (more)

European Ports Rewarding Cleaner Emissions

From Eye for Transport.com: Effective January 1st, 2011, the ports of Amsterdam, Moerdijk, Dordrecht and Rotterdam will reward clean ocean-going vessels with discounts on their port dues.   This involves vessels that score well on the Environmental Ship Index (ESI)  -  a new international standard for ships’ emissions into the atmosphere. Ships that perform better than the legal norm will be rewarded. The ESI is a certificate that will be awarded by the World Port Climate Initiative, at the request of the ship, from January 1st onwards. Designed by the ports of Le Havre, Bremen,... (more)

Commentary from Richard Branson about Cancun

From Richard Branson’s blog at The Guardian: Last year, we launched the Carbon War Room as a business-focused, global NGO. Its task is to encourage entrepreneurs and business to engage in the struggle against climate change. We aim to unlock significant capital to deliver scalable solutions that will make commercial sense. Experts predict that we must invest more than $550bn annually into the next generation of low-carbon intensive energy system. A shift of this magnitude can only happen with leadership provided by businesses and the investment community. Legislation and public... (more)

Webinar today from Carbon War Room

From the Press Release: Carbon War Room kicks off shipping webinar series for industry on January 14 Carbon War Room, a not-for-profit organization targeting market-driven solutions to climate change, announced today the launch of a series of online and live seminars for shipping industry participants on its Shippingefficiency.org online service – launched at the UN climate change talks in December. By the end of 2010, the site had logged over 25,000 visitors, while over 1,500 users had registered to make full use of the online service. The seminars aim to respond to questions f... (more)

CARB violations net first fines / settlements

This was not really picked up by much industry press last month (Indeed, we stumbled upon it while double checking regulations about a specific inquiry), but on December 20, the California ARB released its’ list of court cases and settlements of violations to the CARB emissions regulations, and the first shipping line violations are listed. The 2010 list is HERE: http://www.arb.ca.gov/enf/casesett/casesett.htm There were rougly ten shipping lines on the rather considerable list that got tapped, and, with a few exceptions, the fines were relatively modest and marginal. Of note in... (more)