Rolls-Royce Helps Hoist The Modern Mainsail

Battery room photo by Carlsturdy, Shutterstock by Ellen Milligan (Bloomberg) Hoist the mainsail -- a thing that looks like a giant vertical pipe -- and switch on your battery the size of a small bus: merchant shippers are trying out bold new approaches in their battle to improve environmental performance against a backdrop of mounting regulatory pressure. Maersk … [Read more...]

Wave Energy – Scientists Still Looking For A Killer App

by Sophie Hares (Reuters) - Energy from the ocean breakers that pound Mexico’s Pacific Coast could soon be turned into electricity as an Israeli joint venture finalizes permits and financing for the country’s first wave energy plant. Wave power development has long lagged renewable rivals such as solar, but Eco Wave Power says it could prove an effective way to deliver power … [Read more...]

300 Pacific Ocean Sea Turtles Dead Off Mexican Coast

by Jose Cortes (Reuters) - About 300 endangered sea turtles were found dead off the southern coast of Mexico on Tuesday, trapped in fishing nets, shortly after more than 100 dead turtles were recovered. Fishermen in the southern state of Oaxaca discovered the turtles in the seaside community of Barra de Colotepec, said Heliodoro Diaz, the coordinator of the state’s … [Read more...]

Maersk Tankers Tests Sails Aboard Ship

by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen (Reuters) - Maersk Tankers is testing the use of wind power to fuel its ships, a new technology it says can cut fuel consumption by up to 10 percent and help the industry reduce polluting emissions. The move comes as the global shipping industry is suffering from rising oil prices and preparing for fuel costs to rise further by around a quarter, or … [Read more...]

Refiners Struggle As Low Sulphur Upgrade Costs Approach $1 Billion Per Plant

by Toby Sterling (Reuters) - Global energy trader Gunvor Group has put on hold plans to upgrade its Rotterdam refinery that intended to make the plant more competitive ahead of new global rules on shipping fuel quality, it said on Tuesday, citing market conditions. Global oil and shipping companies are looking at options to cope with the new standards that come into effect … [Read more...]