Gizmos & Gadgets: Rotor Sails on Tankers and Cruise Ships will Harvest Wind, Save Fuel and Reduce Emissions

March 16, 2017 – In 1926 a German engineer named Anton Flettner built a ship that included some surface deck structures that seemed oddly out of place. Described as spinning sails, ... Continue Reading →

Melting Sea Ice in the Arctic – The Good and the Bad

April 19, 2016 – This year remains second lowest on record for sea ice coverage in Canada’s Arctic Archipelago. Extraordinary weather anomalies over the 2015-16 winter saw ... Continue Reading →

Under COP21 Marine Shipping’s Contribution to Greenhouse Gases was Omitted

March 3, 2016 – In a sub-headline from an article appearing in The Guardian six years ago comes the following: “One giant container ship can emit almost the same amount ... Continue Reading →

COP21 Aircraft Greenhouse Gas Omission Addressed by 23 Countries

February 9, 2016 – At the Paris climate talks greenhouse gas emissions from ships and airplanes were discussed but there was no final agreement on a cap. Now 23 countries including ... Continue Reading →

International Maritime Organization Under the Gun to Reduce Ship Emissions

December 5, 2015 – The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations focused on shipping. Its mandate includes marine pollution, safety ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Ecoship to be Unveiled at COP 21 on December 5th

December 3, 2015 – Two days from now the plans for the world’s greenest cruise ship will be unveiled in Paris. The Ecoship, pictured below, is to be built over the next ... Continue Reading →

Experiencing Climate Change First Hand on the Danube River

September 7, 2015 – It has been over two weeks since I posted anything to this blog site. The reason, my wife and I celebrated our 42nd anniversary by taking a scenic river cruise ... Continue Reading →

New Mayflower Green Drone Ship to Cross the Atlantic in 2020

August 6, 2015 – Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ voyage to America in the original Mayflower, the Marine Institute and School of Marine Science and Engineering, ... Continue Reading →

A Merchant Vessel Hybrid Concept Called Vindskip

January 17, 2015 – One of my readers sent me a link to a CNN news item about a ship design that incorporates an airfoil. Called the Vindskip ™, which translates to windship, ... Continue Reading →

A New Canal Across Nicaragua – A Good or Bad Thing

January 13, 2015 – A 277 kilometer (172 mile) proposed interoceanic canal, the proposed route seen on the map below, represents one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects ... Continue Reading →