A new refrigerated cargo box for moving pharmaceutical products has attracted the likes of delivery giant UPS, but its inventor may go out of business first because of a lengthy review process by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
It's an auspicious first, but not necessarily a positive one: Rising ocean temperatures and melting sea ice have, over the last few years, made the fabled northern sea route between Western Europe and Russia/Asia a reality, and a German vessel is going to be the first ship to make an attempted passage this summer.
Scientists design a microwave device to halt invasive aquatic critters
By Corey BinnsPosted 07.11.2008 at 11:28 am 5 Comments
Transoceanic freighters haul 80 percent of the world's commercial goods. But those boats inadvertently carry destructive cargo as well. An empty ship can suck up more than 10 million gallons of water to stay balanced as it crosses the open ocean. Upon its arrival into another port, the crew pumps the ballast water and any small animals or plants living in that water—sometimes thousands of organisms per gallon—into foreign harbors, where they invade and damage local ecosystems.
A boat propelled only by the rocking sea gives renewed hope for a fuel-free shipping future
By Nicole DyerPosted 07.08.2008 at 5:06 pm 8 Comments
It was all smooth sailing for seafaring extremist Ken-ichi Horie. That wasn’t exactly what he was hoping for when he set sail for Japan from Hawaii in the world’s most sophisticated wave-powered boat, named the Suntory Mermaid II.
The maiden voyage of an unusual ship suggests promise for alternatives to fuel
By Matt Ransford Posted 03.05.2008 at 11:42 pm 0 Comments
With oil prices recently breaking the psychologically important barrier of $100 per barrel, commuters aren't the only ones feeling the heat. Cargo vessels are responsible for moving 98% of all intercontinental goods, and a transatlantic crossing on fully-loaded 200-meter ship is not light on the diesel consumption. So far, at least two companies promise to deliver a technology not seen on massive ocean-going ships in quite some time: the sail.