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The race is on to build the world’s first ammonia-powered ship

By Maria Gallucci Photo: Allen J. Schaben, Getty Images

Ammonia is predicted to become the leading fuel source for the world’s giant cargo ships by 2050. Yet no vessel actually runs on the pungent, carbonless compound today. In labs and shipyards around the world, companies are working to build the first ammonia-powered ships as the maritime industry scrambles to replace dirty diesel fuel with cleaner alternatives.


Bill Gates-led Fund Backs Methanol as Green Fuel for Global Shipping

By Will Mathis and Others Photo: Peter Boer, Bloomberg

Green fuels and new engines to consume them could help limit climate-warming emissions from giant ships that keep the world economy moving.


Electric Ships Are Ready For Action

By Brayden Gerrard Photo: Knut Brevik Andersen

The electric car revolution has spread to water as ships all over the world are turning green


We’re Gonna Need a Greener Boat

By Alejandro De La Garza Photo: Lu Hongjie , Getty Images

Container ships transport just about everything. The world wants more of all of it. So the ships are getting bigger, as are the shipping channels, port complexes, and loading cranes. “All over the world they’re expanding and expanding, and building more and more terminals to accommodate more and more vessels,” says Captain Erduan Murtaza, speaking on the bridge of his nearly 10 million cu. ft. container ship, the Gerda Maersk. Outside the windscreens, thousands of containers, painted in dull primary colors, are stacked nine levels high on the deck. Onshore, in an Elizabeth, N.J., container terminal, many more of these steel boxes spread into the distance like disassembled pieces of a giant’s play set.


This electric speedboat is fast, quiet, clean — and pricey

By Maria Gallucci

Arc, whose team includes former SpaceX engineers, raised $30 million in venture capital financing last year to set up its first production run in Los Angeles, where the startup is based. The company began accepting preorders for the luxury powerboat last summer and, as of this week, is now working its way down the waitlist, said Ted Herringshaw, Arc’s head of product. He declined to share exactly how many boaters are waiting for their battery-powered vessels to arrive.


Ship pollution is rising as the U.S. waits for world leaders to act

By Anna Phillips Photo: Melina Mara , The Washington Post

When the first American-made lake freighter built in more than 35 years launched in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., last year, the 639-foot ship was outfitted for the future. The M/V Mark W. Barker’s larger hatch openings and spacious flat-bottomed hold meant that, unlike most freighters transporting iron ore and limestone on this route, it could hold unusual cargo — in particular, wind turbine blades.


Putting a charge in the gas-guzzling power boat industry

By Joann Muller Photo: Arc

A team of former Space-X engineers and boating enthusiasts is aiming to transform recreational boating with a new speedboat that zips across the water on electricity instead of gas or diesel fuel.


Can Shipping go Green?

Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, such as through variations in the solar cycle. But since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas.


How floating power ports could help cargo ships cut their air pollution

By Erik Olsen Photo: Erik Olsen

The pandemic has exposed serious weaknesses in the global supply chain, causing a backup of cargo ships in seaports around the world. While consumers have experienced rising prices and severe delivery delays, the problem has also led to a disconcerting rise in shipping emissions at jammed-up ports.


Amazon invests in ammonia fuel tech to curb cargo ship emissions

By Maria Gallucci Photo: Spencer Platt , Getty Images

Major U.S. retailers have pledged to curb their supply-chain emissions by powering warehouses with renewable energy and replacing diesel vans and trucks with electric vehicles. But when it comes to using greener ships to import toys, T-shirts and tablets, companies are in a bind: No zero-emissions fuels are available at scale for oceangoing freighters.