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Simon and Garfunkel …  original release date 1966 . . . now paraphrased, “Slow down, we move too fast.   We got to cut the greenhouse gas.   Just kicking down the rpms.  We’re steamin’ slow and feelin’ green, we.”

OK, here’s a visual/auditory aid, and alas . . . I have no future as a lyricist, but can I convince you to scan this Elisabeth Rosenthal article from the 2/16 NY Times about Ebba Maersk, taking a week longer now than it did two years ago on the run to Guangdong from Bremerhaven, a week more at sea deliberately . . . as a means to increase efficiency and thereby reduce carbon emissions.

Some statistics:  “halving the top cruising speed reduces fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 30%.”

Interesting, but it makes me wonder whether crew compensation would decrease on a per-day basis?   The article says Maersk saved more than enough on fuel to pay the crew.

“Driving on the highway at 55 instead of 65 miles per hour cuts carbon dioxide emissions of American cars by about 20 percent.”

But it might get you rear-ended quickly as well.  And I’ll be honest, I speed whenever I forget that the journey trumps the arrival.

“Transport emissions have soared in the past three decades as global trade has grown by leaps and bounds, especially long-haul shipments of goods from Asia. The container ship trade grew eightfold between 1985 and 2007.”

“Today more than 220 vessels [worldwide] are practicing ‘slow steaming’ — cruising at 20 knots on open water instead of the standard 24 or 25 — or, like Maersk’s vessels, ‘super slow steaming’ (12 knots)”

I’m no expert on this complex topic, but

“slow steaming” seems to make sense.

Ships shown from the top:

MOL Efficiency

NYK Meteor

Turkon Line Kasif Kalkavan (I had fotos with surprises of another Turkon boat here –second half of post)

MSC Carla, NOT the one built in 1972.

NYK Daedalus

Sealand Michigan

By the way, NYK Daedalus left New York on 9 February for Taiwan.  Will leave Taiwan on 16 March  for arrival back in New York on 9 April.     I don’t think that’s slow-steaming.

For thoughts on sailing (v. petro-powering) from very different blogs (though locked in delightful squabble) see ODocker and Tillerman.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

“feelin’ green, we.”       I hope you like my nod to cajun english dialect, there, you.

Related:  from today’s NYTimes, “Clearing the Air at American Ports.”

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