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Chinese Shipping Giant Considers Nuclear-powered Cargo Ships

Shipping is responsible for about 5 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, or more than from aviation.

Published: 31-Dec-2009

Merchant shipping is vital to global trade, but the sector’s huge ocean-going vessels are often powered by highly polluting bunker fuels.

Now some major companies are talking about low-carbon alternatives that might someday replace to bunker fuels entirely — including nuclear-powered ships.

In a speech reported earlier this month by Lloyd’s List, the London-based maritime newspaper, the chief executive of the Chinese shipping giant Cosco, Wei Jiafu, said his company was co-operating with Chinese nuclear companies to study the idea.

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