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Friday, January 25, 2019 

The London-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers has issued a response to the UK Department of Transport's latest 'Maritime 2050' environmental strategy, in which it looks backwards to the era of sail.

Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “Shipping currently contributes about 2% of global CO2 emissions and this is expected to grow as other sectors reduce their emissions. Improving the fuels and propulsion systems used in shipping will reduce air pollution and the impact shipping has on the oceans.

“The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is currently supporting innovative shipping projects, such as the Smart Green Shipping Alliance collaborative study, with Drax and Ultrabulk, that is looking at the feasibility of wind power propulsion systems for bulk vessels. This project presents a new phase, taking us full circle back to wind power. By leading the way with state-of-the-art power and engine technologies, UK shipping would be able to remain relevant and commercially viable in an increasingly low-carbon world. The slow turnover of shipping fleets means that this work to improve maritime technologies must start now.”

“Smart Ports and the use of data in shipping will improve efficiencies in the transportation of goods and encourage better connections between activities at sea and on land. To achieve this successfully there must be collaborative regulation from all regulators involved.”

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