Freight and Logistics Solutions
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. The products could make the shorter freight crossings finally economic and viable. Many routes were discontinued because they were not economic – reason – the high cost of fuel and infrequency of crossings due to slow speeds. Ecospeed’s LEAP®enables fast speeds, zero or low emissions and uses 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 busses, 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 drybulkers, container feeders, and short sea shipping/transportmarket, together with ports and inland waterways.Other markets
Windfarm Service Vessels and Offshore Crew Transfer Vessels
Offshore Rapid Intervention Vessels
Ferries – Ro/Ro, RoPax, Passenger Ferries
Leisure craft, Luxury yachts and tenders, sterndrive and outboard boats
Outstanding new generation electric craft including water taxis and water buses and smaller electric and hybrid passenger ferries