Janet Porter – LLOYD’S LIST
NUCLEAR-powered deepsea containerships that would only need re-fuelling every five years or so could eventually replace today’s conventional oil-dependent vessels.
“The day will come,” Germanischer Lloyd’s executive board member Hermann Klein predicted this week.
“I am convinced we will see nuclear-driven container vessels.”
Such ships would require radical changes along the entire supply chain, since offshore hubs would probably be necessary, served by feeders to shore-based ports.
Pressure on the maritime industry to cut pollution levels will be the driving force behind the search for ships with zero emissions, but Dr Klein is doubtful whether shipowners will be able to meet the targets that look likely to be imposed by 2020.
That is because probably more than 60% of ships now in service will still be operational 10 years from now, with only around a third of the world fleet consisting of new tonnage and the latest technologies, Dr Klein told journalists.