Blue Technology develops solutions that eliminate many of today’s environmental challenges and help the maritime industry on a truly sustainable path. This new platform for ship design offers the following advantages compared to traditional ships.
Zero emission service
We don’t have to argue about how we calculate our emissions, hide behind the term NET-ZERO, and we don’t rely on offsets or CO2 capture and storage. We do not use fossil fuels or biofuels and thus avoid the emission of CO2, NOx, SOx, and toxic wastewater.
No ballast water and associated equipment
About 1/3 of what is transported is ballast water, used to balance the ships when they are not fully loaded or due to adverse weather conditions. For example, a large iron ore ship carries 100,000 tons of ballast water from China to Brazil, which must be poisoned or electrified to reduce the spread of invasive species.
Low noise and vibration level
On most routes, we expect to sail 60-70% of the time via wind power, 20% with assisted engine propulsion and 10-15% on pure engine power, delivered by two electric drives with almost no noise or vibration. This will improve crew comfort and reduce stress on marine life.
Ability to operate ports and waterways with shallow depth.
Reduced weight and the multihull design allow us to service ports closer to the origin of the cargo and the end user. We can help some shallow water countries like India and Bangladesh significantly reduce their inland transport.
Large volumes of goods are moved from road and rail to sea transport, contributing to further reductions in CO2 and other air emissions. We can also sail new routes, take shortcuts, and avoid narrow passages crowded with traditional commercial vessels.
Low operating costs
We can keep our operating costs low as we have no fuel costs, fewer terminal costs, no need for an onshore power supply and no requirements for the disposal of chemicals, sludge or wastewater. Our costs are not affected by supply and demand for future green fuels and will not be affected by a carbon tax.
We have fewer and less complex technologies than a traditional ship. We replace the internal combustion engine with 2 electric motors, don’t need a scrubber or a ballast water system, and have less piping and no deck to keep clean of salt and maintain.
Independence from the development of future fuels and the associated infrastructure.
We will still be operating even if shipping should encounter fuel shortages, bottlenecks due to lack of infrastructure, war instability, and other macro conditions.
All cargo below the deck
We have less wear and tear on cargo and equipment, all inside (below deck). It will not be exposed to extreme heat/cold, salt water and acid rain.
A major advantage of downsizing is the improved manoeuvrability. We can more easily bring the ship to a full stop, are less exposed to the negative forces of the wind and can more easily navigate congested straits. We have no turning radius but can rotate the ship around its own centre.
Traditional ships need regular investment to improve their sustainability just to comply with future regulations. Our design is well ahead of the rules, and any upgrade will further extend our lead and increase our competitiveness.