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"Designed for lower speeds"

You may remember reading Ellen’s blog entry about the fleet of B Class container ships which ended up mothballed because they were… too fast.

Commissioned during the boom in container shipping, partly sustained by China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation, the B Class fleet was launched just before the recent global crisis and in a context of high oil prices.

As Ellen pondered at the time,

One might ask why the owner of the B Class ships does not simply consider operating them at low speed, in order to keep costs acceptable? Surely this would be preferable to taking those high-tech vessels, which are not 5 years old, off the maritime routes? Common sense would think so – but there is a little problem: those boats have been designed for high speed sailing, and are simply not at all efficient with the throttle rolled back!

Link: "Too big, too fast?" - Read the full blog entry here

Now, how about this then? Maersk’s latest effort seems to draw directly from that painful experience, and the message could not be any clearer…

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Due to be launched in 2013, the Triple E container ship benefits from a very informative and graphically impressive website, but what particularly caught our attention, even more so than the considerable CO2 reduction objectives, was the “designed for disassembly” slide… mentioning a “cradle to cradle passport” – “which will list and describe the materials used to build the vessel, where they are located and how they can be correctly disassembled and recycled / disposed.”

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The whole presentation is definitely worth a look… Click the link below.


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