Researchers explore concept for UK zero carbon coastal shipping network

THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE | A team of UK maritime researchers have set out their vision for a fleet of zero carbon coastal ships to transport goods around the UK via its ports by 2030. The Zero-carbon Coastal Highway concept was developed by a core team of the Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) including experts from the University of Southampton, Shell Shipping & Maritime and the BMT Group.

In detailing their concept, the organizations noted that moving goods by water is well established as the most energy efficient approach. They said the proposal would shift transport from the UK’s already congested road and rail networks onto the water. The organizations estimate that the transition would add more than $2.3 billion in additional revenue to the UK, create 39,000 extra jobs, and reduce land-based CO2 emissions by between 30 and 40 percent.

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