The impressive figure of 136 Becker Mewis Ducts® currently in operation means a reduction of 250,000 t of CO2 by March 2013.
The Becker Mewis Duct® is a highly-efficient energy-saving device developed, manufactured and distributed by Becker Marine Systems. The duct is placed in front of the propeller for the purpose of improving water flow to the propeller and increasing propeller efficiency. Average of fuel savings of 6% has been verified by model tests and vessel operations. Combined with a Becker Rudder, the improvements in propulsion and fuel saving was able to be enhanced up to 8%.
Since launching the Becker Mewis Duct® – just four years ago – more than 400 orders have been placed. The environmental aspect of CO2 savings after the first installation is a reduction of 250,000 t of CO2, equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 417 jumbo jets travelling from London to New York (or the annual operation of 78,000 cars).
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World trader and major charterer of dry bulk freight Cargill Inc., has entered into an agreement with German based SkySails GmbH & Co. KG to use wind power technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping industry. A SkySail SKS C 320 kite of a 320m2, will be installed on one of Cargill’s long term chartered handysized (25,000 and 30,000 dwt) vessels to become operational during early 2012. The kite is connected to the ship by a large rope to effect the tow, and according to the manufacturers, produces a propulsive power equivalent to more than 2 MW. Based on this estimation, it could save daily, up to 10 tons of fuel, 32 tons of CO2 and reduce both SOx and NOx emissions.. [More]