Zero-emission ferries and container ships with nose-jobs: steps to cleaner global shipping

As the global shipping industry continues to take steps to reduce its environmental impact, we look at how Cavotec helps ports operate more sustainably.

FutureShip, a subsidiary of shipping consultancy Germanischer Lloyd, has recently developed designs for a zero-emission propulsion concept for Scandlines ferries that would run on electrical cells, hydrogen tanks and even (to a lesser extent) wind energy. Although costly – some 25 per cent more than conventional systems according to FutureShip estimations – the technology is available today.

Elsewhere, the world’s biggest shipping line, Maersk, has announced plans to remove the bulbous bow from some of their ships to improve the efficiency with which they move through the water.

Cavotec has long supported ports and shipping lines reduce their environmental impact. Our systems are in operation around the clock, around the world in ports and on ships (and at airports, mines, tunnels and general industry).

These technologies include shore power for ships – that enables vessels to switch off their engines while docked; electrification of cranes to reduce reliance on diesel-driven equipment; marine propulsion systems that ensure ships travel efficiently as possible.

And Cavotec’s automated mooring technology, MoorMaster™, also delivers significant environmental benefits by reducing the amount of time ships are required to maneuver along the berth.

As Cavotec Chairman, Stefan Widegren, puts it: “Think if we could redesign ports so that ships could moor safely at a specific berth, be moved around the port automatically for loading and unloading, and be supplied with shore power to avoid air pollution from their diesel engines.”