A new shipping technology which will combine the delivery time speed of air transport and the price range applicable for shipping has been developed by the Norwegian company Viking Shiptech.
“The air transport has 80 times higher CO2-emission than shipping, and is also 80 times more expensive. If we can move cargo from aircraft to ships, the eco winnings would be bigger than those introduced by any other measures” the company said.
By moving only three per cent of the cargo from aircraft, the reduction in CO2 emission is estimated to more than 80% with current fuel.
The new technological solution being introduced by Viking Shiptech, for which patents are pending, are ships that can reach up to 80 knots of speed. Under the concept, a ship is powered by turbines that make a hundred times gyro stabilization, and then the ship, gaining on the torque force, is propelled forward “as cast in the sea”.
The company claim that, combined with a submersible Swath solution, it provides a 100 per cent stability in all speeds and up 10m high waves. An increased platform width is aimed at preventing the inclining of the vessel, distributing the cargo to lowered stacks and gravity. “Two jet engines in front of the platform reduce the air resistance, and then supply the subsea surface with an air layer that destroys the shear forces. High speed combined with a torque controlled pressure distribution make a permanent efficiency of air lubrication in all seas and weathers” the company said.