Ecospeed Marine’s systems have great advantages for the whole freight industry, but particularly for dry bulkers, container feeders, short sea shipping and multi-purpose vessels. Ecospeed’s LEAP®enables slow and fast speeds, zero or low emissions and use much less fuel in normal operation. Another feature is direct braking and a much improved vessel control system which increases safety, particularly in crowded waterways and ports.
With the advent of climate change and the calls for improvements in air quality and the IMO legislation, there is now a social aspect in creating better air quality in ports and inland waterways. Commuters in ports are increasingly being transported by sea to avoid the congestion points and traffic fumes in the cities and Ecospeed products provide a non-polluting method of transport when used on passenger ferries, water buses, or on tourist transfers from the large cruise liners.
The opportunity for multi-modal, whole logistics systems becomes possible with opening up the smaller ports which have fallen into disuse with the advent of the large container ships. This in turn offers great regeneration possibilities with the creation of new jobs and improving the living conditions and community life by linking towns and ports which have been impossible to reach by road. Several ports have embarked on complete regeneration programmes and now provide vibrant examples of how rebirth can succeed in reviving whole communities, creating jobs and improving living conditions.
The following gives a summary of the applications where the Ecospeed system could be used, but the main market where there is most need at present is without doubt the dry bulkers, container feeders, and short sea shipping, together with ports and inland waterways.
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