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Nuclear-Powered Ocean Freight Carriers?
Take a look down the sealane to the future of the ocean freight shipping industry and the ocean freight carriers you see coming across the sealanes of the future will definitely surprise you. Future designs of ocean freight carriers are on the drawing boards and being conceived in the minds of the shipbuilders and designers of the world, from realistic nuclear-powered ocean freight carriers that only refuel once every five years or so, to zero-emission naturally-powered ocean freight carriers that have the promise to radically reduce the cost of ocean freight transport in the years ahead in the century of the environment.

The cost of transport has been the driving force behind shipbuilding for generations, but in recent times environmental concerns have surfaced for the ocean freight shipping industry that threaten to change the course of the business of ocean freight shipping, forever. Shipbuilders no longer sit in the drivers seat in terms of overall ocean freight carrier designs and starting soon ship designs are going to have to be environmentally-sensitive in order to do business, so we can probably expect a shift in the designs that shipbuilders will be proposing to shipowners in the years ahead. Owners will probably have more influence in ship designs in the future and some of the ideas and concepts being thrown around will probably surprise you?

New ocean freight carriers in the next few decades will need to be versatile in order to compete in the world's ocean freight carrying markets. We'll see radicle hull and engine designs that have promise to reduce costs by as much as 10 percent or higher. Ocean freight carriers designs based on lifetime average service speeds of say 20 knots, rather than a maximum of 24 or 25, could be plying the oceans blue. Beside ocean freight carriers that are specifically-designed and developed to fill service needs of customers often running on fuels that may surprise you, like LNG.

Ship designs are still behind the wave of environmental change that has been sweeping across the planet Earth. The majority of ocean freight carriers of the next decade are on the waters of the world at the present and with an average life expectancy of around 25 years, these ocean freight carriers will still be trading in a decades time. This is going to mean that the ocean freight shipping industry could have trouble meeting its future goals for carbon-emission reductions in the years ahead in the century of the environment.
Posted on 21 Oct 2010 by Momentum
Greek Ocean Freight Carriers Busy
The problems with finance doesn't seem to have effected the age-old business of ocean freight carriers from Greece? The latest sources from the Greek freight shipping front line indicates that Greek shipowners of the world's ocean freight carriers are preparing to ship freight in greater volumes in the years ahead in the century of the environment. Reports have surfaced of at least 100 new ocean freight carrier vessels being ordered by Greek shipowners, since 2009. Many of these new ship orders have been kept secret and it could be that sources are jumping the gun a bit in terms of some of the reports. Still, this is an amazing number of new ocean freight carrying vessels that represents a significant increase in ocean freight shipping capacity for the Greek firms involved in these deals.

The suezmax is apparently the ocean freight carrier of choice as reports indicate there could be as many as 16 new suezmaxes on order in the shipyards around the world and another 8 that could be on the way. Aframaxes are close behind suezmaxes on the order books, with nine new vessels ordered and options for 3 others, according to some sources. The dry-bulk ocean freight shipping sector is also well represented in this most recent shipbuilding phase by Greek shipowners. Kamsarmaxes were the flavour of the times but handymax bulkers have made a reappearance as well, after being essentially shunned by many of the larger shipyards of the world.

Where's all the money coming from in a country that's currently going through one of the roughest financial times in its history? People in Greece have money apparently and they want to invest it and cash heavy investers have also been showing up to lend their money to Greek shipping firms that want to borrow. In a few cases shipowners that have been absent from the lists of shipbuilders have reappeared to make their first order for new vessels in years. Either way, Greek shipowners are apparently convinced now is the correct time to invest in new ocean vessels and considering their history in the ocean freight shipping industry it might be a good idea to pay attention?

We'll have to wait-and-see though if the Greeks have got their timing right? It not, we could see the Greeks deciding to cancel a significant portion of new orders on the books.
Posted on 20 Oct 2010 by Momentum

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