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First Methanol-Powered Tankers Set for Delivery this April

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Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., Westfal-Larsen Management, and Marinvest/Skagerack Invest will be welcoming seven advanced, clean-burning, fuel-efficient, 50,000 dead weight tonne vessels to the sea later this month.

This is first-of-its kind vessels capable of running on methanol, gas oil or fuel oil. This kind of technology will surely lessen the emissions while offering ship owners an efficient, feasible and convenient fuel alternative. Methanol is a biodegradable marine fuel that lessens smog-causing emissions like particulates, sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides.

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The Phoenix Like Revival of the Flettner Rotor Technology

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^ Flettner Rotors @ the Buckau in 1925 – Image Courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Buckau_Flettner_Rotor_Ship_LOC_37764u.jpg  

Back from the Dead

Perhaps the one thing that separates the common from the extraordinary is the undying relevance of the work of the latter. German aviation engineer and inventor Anton Flettner is one such outstanding individual.

Way back in the 1920s, he devised the rotor sail and built two fullscale rotor scales – the Buckau and the Barbara. These were perhaps the earliest applications of wind assisted ship propulsion i.e. ships wherein wind propulsion usually plays a largely subordinate role. Read More