Plymouth has welcomed the world’s first hybrid self-charging cargo ship as reported by ITV News.
The Aasfjell, a 394-foot Norwegian vessel, is outfitted with a battery that will help it save roughly 400 tonnes of fuel each year.
Sea freight is currently one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transportation, but Richard Allan, the harbourmaster of Plymouth, believes there is still more to be done.
“The marine and shipping industry produces 3% of the world’s greenhouse gases, which is fairly tiny when you realise that 95% of the world’s trade flows by water,” he said.
“However, we must do better. “Our goal is to keep what we have in Plymouth Sound in good shape while improving the less favourable situations.”
According to Steve Marshall, general manager of Victoria Wharf, everyone in the city’s port is working to reduce emissions.
“While the investment isn’t cheap, and fossil fuels are plentiful, we do have a responsibility to protect the environment and aim toward net-zero by 2050.”
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Source: ITV News