TAG: Ships

Polluting The Seas

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If you have ever walked by a sea harbour, you may have noticed a few organisms attached to a docked large ship by the waterline. These attachments may be telling of a worse situation that lies beneath the water than the naked eye can sea. These attachments consist of micro-organism, plants, algae, molluscs and other marine organisms, and such attachment is known as biofouling. Biofouling is not a new phenomenon, it can occur on all marine vessels if appropriate anti- fouling measures are not taken. Environmental scientists have long stated that biofouling provides transportation of non-indigenous species of aquatic plant… read more

Airfoil Ship Could Cut Emissions by 80%

Airfoil Ship Could Cut Emissions by 80%

The design of a merchant ship with a hull shaped like an airfoil, which can “pull” itself through the ocean using just the power of the wind, is said to be capable of reducing fuel consumption by 60% and reducing emissions by 80%, and could herald a coming age of sustainable sea transport. The Vindskip concept, from Lade AS, is a break from traditional large vessel design, and hinges on the effect of relative wind on the ship, which is usually a factor in designing airplanes and sailboats, not merchant vessels. But the designers behind the Vindskip, who recently patented… read more

Recycling’s Dark Side

Recycling’s Dark Side

Bangladesh houses one of the world’s largest ship dismantling yards. Located in Chittagong, this vast area along the coast holds enormous vessels no longer in service that are waiting to be taken apart and recycled. Some of the largest maritime vessels retire here, awaiting their exhaustive tear down and reprocessing phase. When seeing the sheer scale of some of these floating giants, it would be unimaginable if they were not reclaimed. The metal and every part possible from the ships are recycled and sold in markets and to companies. There are reportedly thousands of laborers that work at this particular shipyard which… read more

Government Indifference

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Government institutions are meant to be at the forefront in the fight to protect the environment from attack. This means that government is expected to at least refrain from activity which would be seen and proven to have adverse effects on environmental media. When government fails to do so, this constitutes a grave injustice. A prime example is a situation that has ensued in the United States. A host of environmental groups in the United States have filed a lawsuit against the government asserting that it has failed to regulate military drills involving the sinking of old ships in the… read more