DETAILS ABOUT THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY
Added on: 24th Jun 2015
In 2009, the 15 biggest ships in the world gave off the same amount of
greenhouse gas as 760 million cars, or about two cars for every American.
STILL THE GREENEST
Compared to trucks and planes however, shipping is still the greenest
form of transport, relatively speaking.
Having made the previous two points, it’s worth mentioning that if you
added shipping to the list of the world’s most polluting countries,
it would come in sixth place.
Worldwide, only around 2% to 10% of containers are actually inspected.
U.S. ports normally inspect roughly 5% of the 17 million containers
arriving at the border every year.
THE BIGGEST FLEETS
Germany, Japan, and Greece are the three countries with the biggest
fleets based on total dead weight tonnage controlled by parent
companies located in these countries.
DISLIKE OF OUTSIDERS
Shipping companies are extremely secretive. For example, the official
Greek ship owners’ association won’t even reveal how many members it has.
As of this moment there are roughly 20 million containers
crossing the world.
A LOT OF POWER
A container ship engine has about 1,000 times more power
than a family car.