Sail Transport and Wind Energy Shipping In the News


Cure for Depending on 90K Oil Spewing Cargo Ships: Sail Power Makes Inroads, Now in Mediterranean

By Jan Lundberg, June 15, 2017.


Spinning sail technology is poised to bring back wind-powered ships, Business Insider. March 21, 2017. 

"Promising lightweight and relatively cheap materials and designs, combined with higher oil prices and the need to reduce emissions, mean rotor sails could now take off." Read full Article here.

Delay to curbs on toxic shipping emissions would cause 200,000 extra premature deaths, Arthur Nelson, The Guardian. October 7, 2016. 

"The shipping industry is by far the world’s biggest emitter of sulphur with SOx levels in heavy fuel oils up to 3,500 times higher than those in current European diesel standards for vehicles. A single large cruise ship can reportedly burn as much fuel as whole towns, and emit more sulphur than 7m cars." Read full Article here.

Sail Cargo Update, posted on Marlinspike Magazine, Sept. 18, 2016. 

"Currently 90,000 motorized vessels transport the bulk of the world’s goods, but through their emissions, they also help induce climate change....Many people are concerned about climate change; only a few have actually taken action." Read the full article here.

Wind-powered Cargo Ships Could Help Cut Your Carbon Footprint, by Maria Gallucci, in Mashable, Aug 3, 2016

"With emissions expected to decline in other sectors, that means shipping will make up a bigger slice of the carbon pie, rising from about 2.5 percent of total global carbon dioxide emissions in 2012 to 17 percent by 2050, according to the IMO."

“Shipping is still out-of-sight, out-of-mind. People don’t see ships like they do trucks,” said Charlene Caprio, an attorney and expert on maritime, energy and environmental law in New York City. 

Read the full article here.

Wind Assisted Propulsion for Shipping gets attention in The Economist article, "We are Sailing", posted April 9, 2016.

Byline: "Wind Power Makes Another Comeback." Read the article online in The Economist


Recent Articles By Members of Our Crew

Noah’s Ark Gone Awry (discusses the UN World Wildlife Crime Report and how Shipping needs to stop providing a transit route for traffickers in protected Flora and Fauna.) Charlene Caprio. 2016.

"Transport by sea carries about 90% of the world's trade. Consumerism is fueled by vast choices; sometimes very selfish ones. Smugglers often push not just inanimate contraband, but also wildlife (flora and fauna) in whole or in their parts by sea transit.

But illegal trafficking of wildlife, and shipping as a transit source for the trafficking, is starting to get the attention it needs." Read the full Article here.

Good News/Bad News for Consumers in an Increasingly Energy-Challenged, Shipping-Dependent World. Jan Lundberg. 2016.

"Here is good news and bad news for getting your cherished consumer goods shipped across the seas. Hadn’t thought much about it? Have you thought about the oil-dependent ships’ pollution and their readiness to switch to clean renewable energy? Well, they’re not ready, and even if they could be, they don't want to be.

Good news: by now you may have heard of the revival of sail transport for what is now a niche market of delivering near-zero-carbon goods. The next step, after the recent advent of traditional sailing ships pressed into service by North Sea sailors, is modern ships rigged with high-tech Dyna Rig sail power."

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