27 Apr '15, 11pm

Sometimes it's the least glamorous green innovations that make the most difference.

andyt: I can see the problem you’re talking about, but there’s something you’re not considering. Without the containers on board the ships are considerably lighter, meaning better fuel efficiency going back across to pick up more cargo. I’m no expert on this, but basing this off land transport, a 4x the cargo does not mean 4x the fuel consumption to get it there. In other words, the ratio of fuel use to cargo is not 1:1. So I’d be willing to wager that while the one ship taking back 4000 containers might use more fuel than if it only had 1000, the increased consumption to carry those back would more than likely be less than amount saved by freeing up those three other ships.

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