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Chinese Shipping Giant Considers Nuclear-powered Cargo Ships

Shipping is responsible for about 5 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, or more than from aviation.

Published: 31-Dec-2009

Merchant shipping is vital to global trade, but the sector’s huge ocean-going vessels are often powered by highly polluting bunker fuels.

Now some major companies are talking about low-carbon alternatives that might someday replace to bunker fuels entirely — including nuclear-powered ships.

In a speech reported earlier this month by Lloyd’s List, the London-based maritime newspaper, the chief executive of the Chinese shipping giant Cosco, Wei Jiafu, said his company was co-operating with Chinese nuclear companies to study the idea.


Epic 23e electric hybrid electric wakeboat initially will cost $150,000.

Not only is the design extremely environment-friendly, but also boasts over 50% better fuel economy.

Angelena II is 73-foot harbor craft that could reduce fuel use by 95 pct.

Angelena II to be retrofitted with EnergyTech hybrid-electric drive.

Computer illustration of Hornblower Hybrid cruise vessel now under construction in Bridgeport, CT.

The new 1,400-horsepower Hornblower Hybrid will run on a combination of energy generated by clean Tier 2 diesel engines, hydrogen fuel cells, solar panels and wind turbines.


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