Highlights 67

New issue of SSPA Highlights

We present results from our work and expertise in our company newsletter SSPA Highlights. The new issue is now ready. In this edition, several articles describe different actions that should be possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, directly or indirectly. We want to contribute with new solutions to be able to achieve a long-term sustainable and environmentally friendly society.

Today, nobody can avoid discussions about climate change and how to develop a sustainable society, how this will affect us and what we can do to avoid the consequences. These discussions take place at all levels of society, from top-level UN meetings to kitchen table meetings. I think we all know that we need to make changes, but we are still questioning what should be done and by whom. The UN has taken leadership in this area by establishing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), where they point out where and how the world must change if we want to avoid poverty, inequality and environmental damage.

The maritime sector is of course also affected by this discussion, since it conducts business worldwide that is relevant to several of the 17 SDGs, and as for the rest of the world, there are no clear answers as to what the best solution is for meeting the goals and satisfying other requirements. In particular, the question of how to reduce emissions does not have a clear answer at present. There are several options, but they have different positive and negative consequences, and different investment costs connected to them. This means that system owners run a high risk of choosing a solution that will not meet the target for the investment.

To be able to satisfy the requirement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050, you will most likely need to combine different actions for your system, such as a change of fuel, a new propulsion method, different material and construction, improved operations, etc.

In this edition of Highlights, we have several articles describing different actions that should be possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, directly or indirectly. Personally, I am very interested in following the development concerning using sails as a propulsion method once again, and as such I would recommend reading the article “A renaissance of wind-powered ships”. 

I hope that you find some articles to pique your interest. Happy reading!

Stefan Eliasson
President & CEO

SSPA Highlights - No 67 2020

2 Heading towards 2030
4 GreenPilot – guiding the way to low-emission and fossil-free operation of small vessels
6 The use and usefulness of AIS data
8 Tailored model tests for hull structural dynamics
10 SEAMAN Online – taking availability and flexibility to the next level
12 Oil spill risks in Arctic waters
14 A renaissance of wind-powered ships

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