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Green Sailing

Updated: Jun 15, 2022

The current issue of The Maritime Executive has an article dedicated to green sailing.


Perhaps, we first heard about green sailing when we learned that Falls of Clyde International wants to use Falls of Clyde as a teaching ship to further the movement toward shipping with fewer carbon emissions. Well, the movement is toward improving both old ships and new ones -- and it's a very good thing!


Remember how black smoke used to pour from the engines of jet aircraft? Just watch the ill-fated aircraft take off in Jack's movie, The Doomsday Flight (Universal Television,1966) and compare those emissions to those we see coming from today's aircraft.


Pollution when the ill-fated aircraft takes off from LAX in "The Doomsday Flight" (Universal Television, 1966)

The same improvement is being sought for ships -- and has been sought for many years. Back in 1958-1960, the Navy handled it by switching from the heavy pollutant, Bunker C fuel oil, to nuclear power with the introduction of its Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was the first nuclear-powered ship. Today, all US Navy ships are nuclear powered. Now, commercial shipping is looking for ways to reduce the numbers.


The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) / (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Rob Gaston - Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)


Read more about it: "New Priorities: Classification Societies Guide Ships to a Greener Tomorrow" in The Maritime Executive. May/June 2022, pp. 66-70. Maritime Executive Digital Edition (maritime-executive.com)


P.S. The first person who says they thought the Enterprise was an inter-galactic spaceship is a rotten egg!!!



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H50 1.0 FOREVER
H50 1.0 FOREVER
Jun 15, 2022

That would have been CVN-65, seen in the picture, above. Her immediate predecessor (CV-6) was decommissioned in 1947. In all, there have been eight US naval ships named Enterprise.


Can you post a picture of your Enterprise? I'm sure we would all enjoy seeing it.

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Steve's Girl
Steve's Girl
Jun 15, 2022
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I'm sorry, but it doesn't exist anymore. It was made from pre-formed plastic parts from a kit.

Those kits were - and I think are still - made and sold by Revell. They were very roughly put together, but at that time it was a question of money (isn't it ever?).

The manuals were not translated of course, so I learned a lot of words concernig the many parts of a warship. Which enabled me to interpret a few years later when I traveled with a group and it was possible to visit a destroyer.


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Steve's Girl
Steve's Girl
Jun 15, 2022

Though I'm a Star Trek - TOS fan I wouldn't d a r e to think the Enterprise is an inter - galactic spaceship (only, that is).

I first came across the name Enterprise as a ship's name when an accordingly named aircraft carrier picked up the astronauts after their return from the moon to transport them to Hawai'i.

I was so enthusiastic that the aircraft carrier Enterprise was the first ship model I built.

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