Although it is one of the most environmentally-friendly modes of transport in terms of transport effort per unit impact, shipping makes a significant contribution to air pollution, especially in terms of Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX) and Sulphur (SOX) as well as Particulate Matter (PM). With the requirement for increased transportation by sea, there exists a conflict between this economic interest and the public, who are increasingly concerned about environmental and health issues. This contradiction is particularly evident in ports and regional shipping areas, which are located close to urban districts.
In Clean North Sea Shipping, efficient and effective technological and logistic solutions are being developed to create transparent and cost effective solutions, facilitating a sustainable enlargement of regional shipping and associated infrastructure while introducing successful air quality improvement programmes. The project is taking a holistic approach, jointly considering ships, ports, energy infrastructure, regulatory and incentive schemes and regional planning, with contributing partners representing all major stakeholders including ports, businesses, public authorities, NGOs, research institutes and Universities.
In a recent conference on the “Environmentally Friendly Ship”, hosted in London by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, the Principal Investigators, Dr Alan J Murphy and Dr Kayvan Pazouki, presented their research on technologies for reducing exhaust gas emissions from ships and methods for predicting such emissions – an extract from that paper is available in the May 2012 edition of “The Naval Architect”.
Link to article in The Naval Architect, pages 38-45.
Link to Project
published on: 8th May 2012