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Researchers at the Blue Visby Consortium have developed a simple solution that significantly cuts carbon emissions caused by international sea transport with costly refurbishments of ships in service. Solution: go slower. Last week, the team announced results from a two-month trial on two ships showing a 17.3% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. While the results are promising, it will take an industry-wide effort to make a positive impact the planet’s climate.

Blue Visby solution no Simple speed limiter just like you would see on the highway while driving. It is an algorithm-based operating system in which ships slow down their travel speed to dock at the most appropriate time, similar to just-in-time shipping. The solution aims to replace the centuries-old tradition of Travel Faster Than You Wait (SFTW), in which trains reach their destinations as quickly as possible. rather than waiting to dock. Visby green explained in a release:

SFTW cannot be resolved by individual vessels or bilaterally as between individual shipowners and individual charterers. It is a systemic challenge that requires a systemic solution. The Blue Visby solution combines software, operations and contracts to systematically optimize the maritime movements of participating vessels and thereby reduce CO2 emissions. It does not interfere with the voyage planning or weather routing of individual ships; and it does not affect berthing or port operations.

Blue Visby claims test results demonstrate that the solution has no operational impact despite reduced speeds. Two bulk carriers, M/V Gerdt Oldendorff and M/V Begonia, reduced CO2 emissions by 17.3% compared to when traveling at a service speed of 14 knots, or about 16 miles per hour .

According to the United Nations, the transportation industry accounts for nearly 3% of greenhouse gas emissions. This number has increased by 20% over the past decade. If the Blue Visby Solution were adopted industry-wide, increased emissions could be eliminated overnight with No weird or expensive modifications for the ships themselves. The only real obstacle is taking out the entire planet agree to do something


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