Could ships be the future of travel and transport?

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  • Could ships be the future of travel and transport?


Answer #1 | 19/12 2013 10:44
Very large has trouble going rather fast.
Answer #2 | 19/12 2013 11:14
Where did you get your idea on the safety of ships from? In 2012, the latest year for which figures are available, Lloyds reported that 102 vessels were lost world-wide. If plane crashes occurred with this frequency there would be wide spread uproar. Shipping losses receive much less publicity. You will never sell the idea.
Answer #3 | 19/12 2013 11:25
Simple - they are too slow, so no they are not and will not be
Answer #4 | 20/12 2013 03:16
Ships are at this time the future of transportation of goods and have been so for many a long year. Taking dry goods alone their are two forms of shipment, bulk and break bulk. Bulk is as the name implies goods shiped in bulk form, such as grain, coal and iron ores as examples. Break bulk is other dry cargoes that is broken down into smaller units. Today such cargoes are shipped in containers on container ships. For 2010 it is stated that container ships have carried one quarter of all cargo carried, 1.9 billion tons. Containerisation of cargo has lead to a time saving in trans[ortation of 84% and a cost saving of 35%. Air freight is quicker but only small amounts can be carried at one time. Boeing state that the 747-400 freight liner can carry 124 tons for 4450 nautical miles. A modern large container ship can carry 150,000 tons the same distance. Air freight comes into its own in the transportation of perishable goods and high value goods that are needed yesterday, but at a cost. Cost in real terms and in green terms. marine transportation is both cheaper per unit/mile and is more efffective in the contro of noxious emmissions. It has a much better green footprint. In certain areas of the world only very low sulpher fuels may be used.

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