The first time I heard that just 15 of the world’s biggest ships emit as much pollution as all the world’s 760m cars I was shocked. That is outrages! Pollution from ships is very little regulated. Shipping emissions have escalated in the past 15 years as China has emerged as the world’s manufacturing capital. To ship all this cargo, a new intercontinental container ship has been developed which is extremely cost-efficient. However, it uses diesel engines as powerful as land-based power stations but with the lowest quality fuel…. I guess because we don’t actually see it, so we don’t know it. Other shocking details in an article in the Guardian pollution of worldwide shipping
This is one of the incentives of the 3 friends and captains of the sailing vessel Tres Hombres, to sail cargo around the world sustainably.
On this chocolate transport, captain Jorne sees one of the regular cargo ships and explains;
Shipping by numbers
The world’s biggest container ships have 109,000 horsepower engines which weigh 2,300 tons.
Each ship expects to operate 24hrs a day for about 280 days a year
There are 90,000 ocean-going cargo ships
Shipping is responsible for 18-30% of all the world’s nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution and 9% of the global sulphur oxide (SOx) pollution.
One large ship can generate about 5,000 tonnes of sulphur oxide (SOx) pollution in a year
70% of all ship emissions are within 400km of land.
85% of all ship pollution is in the northern hemisphere.
Shipping is responsible for 3.5% to 4% of all climate change emissions
One giant container ship can emit almost the same amount of cancer and asthma-causing chemicals as 50m cars
Listen some more to Captain Jorne explaining about their FairTransport mission;
Enough reasons for us to support FairTransport!
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