In early July, when the cosmetics company Lush received a shipment from its suppliers, it arrived on a sailing ship, not a cargo ship or long-haul truck. The company, known for its soap and shampoo, is one of a growing number of businesses exploring the use of sailing—from traditional ships to redesigned, tech-heavy vessels with sails—to help cut emissions on some trips. “Transporting goods by sail cargo is a good fit with our ethics and ambition to reduce harm to the planet as it’s largely carbon neutral,” says Derek Hallé, Trade Compliance Manager for Lush UK. The vast majority of products that move globally, from jeans to bananas to cars, travel on cargo ships that generate around 3% of global emissions (for context, aviation, another very polluting industry, generates 2%). Lush partnered with New Dawn Traders, a company that coordinates deliveries by sailing ship, to set up a delivery from suppliers in Portugal, where the company sources … [Read more...] about Cargo ships are big polluters. Can they go back to using sails?
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According to U.S. defense officials quoted by the Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday, China is developing a long-range cruise missile that can be hidden inside shipping containers and launched from civilian freighters, a type of ship China happens to own in abundance. The missile is described as the land-attack version of a high-end anti-ship missile called the YJ-18C. This Chinese anti-ship missile is, in turn, a variation of a Russian system that could be disguised as a shipping container.As the Free Beacon pointed out, the idea of turning cargo ships into missile launch platforms is not new, but it is especially worrisome in China’s case given its aggressive posture, the huge number of container ships it has access to, and its enthusiasm for buying up civilian port facilities as part of the Belt and Road trade and infrastructure initiative. Weapons disguised as shipping containers could be launched from civilian ports at military facilities, and could remain undiscovered for … [Read more...] about China Develops Cruise Missile that Launches from Cargo Ships
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn First look: Inside new Celebrity Cruises ship Celebrity Edge Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Celebrity Cruises this month is unveiling Celebrity Edge, the first of a new series of vessels with an innovative design. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen Built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, Celebrity Edge is the first new Celebrity Cruises ship in six years. At 129,500 gross tons, it's also Celebrity's biggest ship ever. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen Among Edge's most notable features: A 90-ton platform the size of a tennis court that is cantilevered over its side. Called the Magic Carpet, the platform moves up and down the side of the ship serving functions that range from a tender boarding platform to restaurant. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen The focal point of the exterior decks of Celebrity Edge is its Pool Deck, which … [Read more...] about Celebrity Cruises CEO: New ship Celebrity Edge will be transformational for brand
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn The ugliest cruise ships at sea? You be the judge Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. There was a time when even the biggest passenger vessels were sleek and streamlined to cut through the waves. They often had gracious curves and elegant superstructures. But those days are long gone. As cruise ships have gotten bigger over the years, they've also gotten boxier and less appealing to the eye. Some might even call them ugly -- at least as they appear from the outside. Here, Royal Caribbean's new Symphony of the Seas -- the world's biggest cruise ship. Royal Caribbean International Fullscreen Capable of carrying up to 6,680 passengers, Symphony of the Seas is not only the biggest cruise ship at sea but the fattest, with a width of 215.5 feet. Its water slides soar high above the ship's pool decks and tree-lined atrium. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Fullscreen Royal Caribbean's Harmony … [Read more...] about Is the new crop of cruise ships the ugliest ever? You be the judge
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Photo tour: Sailing ship line Star Clippers' Royal Clipper Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. The 227-passenger Royal Clipper, operated by sailing ship line Star Clippers, is the world's largest full-rigged sailing ship. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Fullscreen Modeled on the Preussen, an iconic sailing ship of the early 20th century, Royal Clipper is propelled by 42 sails spread across five masts. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Fullscreen Completed in 2000, Royal Clipper is 439 feet long and 54 feet wide with four passenger decks. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Fullscreen Featuring the sleek and graceful profile of 19th century clipper ships, Royal Clipper can reach speeds of up to 17 knots on sail power alone. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Fullscreen In addition to the working machinery of a sailing ship, Royal Clipper's teak-lined top deck (called the Sun Deck) offers three small … [Read more...] about Cruising to paradise on Royal Clipper, the world’s largest full-rigged sailing ship