Holy Shipping Shades of Green… Boxgeeks!

27 Jan

I bet you didn’t know this;

A single large container ship can emit cancer and asthma-causing pollutants equivalent to that of 50 million cars.

The low grade bunker fuel used by the worlds 90,000 cargo ships contains up to 2,000 times the amount of sulfur compared to diesel fuel used in automobiles.

Image Credit: The Guardian - UK

Image Credit: The Guardian – UK

The recent boom in the global trade of manufactured goods has also resulted in a new breed of super sized container ship which consume fuel not in GPH (gallons per hour), but the consumption of fuel is measured in TPH (tons per hour), and containerized shipping now accounts for a whopping 90% of global trade by volume.

I guess the only thing really “green” about Container Shipping… is the color they paint on some of the boxes.


Wow. Now I’m actually GLAD that they don’t retrieve empty shipping containers for a return trip to China.

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