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Wind-powered Dutch ship sets sail for greener future

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Hilarious. 40 years ago I worked for the Japan Marine Machinery Development Association (JAMDA) which developed a sophisticated system of computer controlled aerofoil sails for cargo vessels. The system was very successful, with fuel savings of 30%+ and a low build cost , and was incorporated into a number of ships. If you Google "Shin Aitoku Maru" and "Usuki Pioneer" you'll see two examples. Sadly the fuel price fell in the late 1980s and shipping companies lost interest in cutting fuel costs. Now there is renewed interest in wind power, but Japan seems to have forgotten it once led the world in this field, and could do so again if it got its act together. If it doesn't, it will be yet another missed opportunity.

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Where there's a will, there's a way. Good idea.

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The best way to reduce shipping pollution is to reduce shipping; accomplished by producing goods locally. Globalism only profits the few, allows labor abuse in poor countries, allows companies to bypass environmental regulations and other oversight.

Just 16 container ships produce as much pollution as all the worlds cars.

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Just 16 container ships produce as much pollution as all the worlds cars.

That sounds like it could be true, but it also sounds like it could just be hyperbole.

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DanielsanToday 03:24 am JST

The best way to reduce shipping pollution is to reduce shipping; accomplished by producing goods locally. Globalism only profits the few, allows labor abuse in poor countries, allows companies to bypass environmental regulations and other oversight.

Just 16 container ships produce as much pollution as all the worlds cars.

If you can find a way to do that without tariffs, which make everybody poorer, more power to you.

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The best way to reduce shipping pollution is to reduce shipping; accomplished by producing goods locally. Globalism only profits the few, allows labor abuse in poor countries, allows companies to bypass environmental regulations and other oversight.

Global trade is what built the economies of Asia and lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and dispair. It allowed Japan to rebuild from the wreckage of WWII. It allowed China to bring literally hundreds of millions of Chinese up from poverty to something resembling a middle class existence. It allowed South Korea and Taiwan to become prosperous first world democracies. Trade has always been the bread and butter of the people of Hong Kong and Singapore. Yes trade has made some people in business very rich but it has also brought widespread prosperity to whole nations.

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