With freight transports projected to increase rapidly, short sea shipping has been touted as an economical, environmentally friendly alternative to trucking. A new report from Friends of the Earth US, titled “Expanding short sea shipping in California: Environmental impacts and recommended best practices”, looks at the potentially harmful health and environmental impacts of coastal shipping and ways in which they can be mitigated.
Ships use one of the dirtiest fuels on the planet – bunker fuel – and an increase in short sea shipping may lead to air pollution impacts. Friends of the Earth urges that the best environmental technology and practices should be used in short sea shipping, including advanced engine systems, ultra clean fuel, shore power, and regular equipment maintenance check-ups.
Source: FOE US press release, 27 January 2011.