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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Color Me Skeptical; High Seas Ed.

A company called Neoline in France plans to make a commercial cargo sailing ship.

Apparently, the company feels that the day will come when having a zero-net emission ship will be advantageous. I suspect that, to the shippers, it won't matter one bit. All they want is their cargo delivered, safely, on time, and at a competitive price.



CenterPuke88 said...

11 knots, commercial speed...not likely to work very well, IMHO.

Comrade Misfit said...

That was fine back in the prewar days before containerization. The Liberty ships could do maybe 11 knots. Containerships sail around 20-25kts.

Shippers aren't going to be happy with 11kts,

CenterPuke88 said...

I did see a reference for bulk ships averaging 14k, but the sails deployment looks like it would significantly impede containers. Perhaps a viable carrier for bulk, non-perishable foodstuffs? Low cost would be an advantage...but...

J4rh34d said...

There was a small fleet of bulk-carrier sailing ship in the Chilean nitrate trade in the first third of the 20th century.

The fastest, the Preussen, could go over 20 knots and average 18. She was rammed just before midnight 5 November 1910 while outbound on her 14th voyage. The cross-channel steamer's captain didn't realize the Preussen was making 16 knots at the time and tried to cross ahead of her bows. That's a nautical no-no, and he lost his license.

Spud said...

In a future world , where depleted fuel sources are too valuable to burn. Speed becomes secondary to economy.
It is coming , of this there is no doubt.

Unknown said...

During the last big economic downturn, container ships were running at reduced speeds to conserve fuel. Some even added cool stuff like this:
"Some ships have been fitted with kite-like "skysails", or systems that force compressed air out of hulls to allow them to "ride" on a cushion of bubbles. These measures can cut fuel consumption by up to 20%."

I'd imagine a sail-powered container ship would still have conventional propulsion for when needed.


Comrade Misfit said...

The Neoliner does have a diesel engine.. COSAD?

0_0 said...

COSOD, probably. For getting in and out of port.