One of my Facebook friends shared out a tidbit that was new to me. Giant container ships produce really bad sulphur-based air emissions. That in itself is not surprising, since they burn heavy “bunker” oil for fuel. But the extent of their air emissions is staggering.
Just one mega-container ship gives off as many emissions as 50,000,000 cars. That’s right, one ship equals 50 million cars. The world’s 15 largest ships put out more pollutants (nitrogen and sulphur oxide) than ALL of the world’s cars added up.
By slowing down trade, President Trump can save the planet. His actions to put the brakes on the number of trips made ferrying containers full of cheap Chinese junk to American Walmarts will reduce the global production of greenhouse gasses by more than several solar farms.
The cargo capacity of a container ship is measured in ‘TEUs’ or ‘twenty foot equivalent units’. The six largest in the world are all owned by the Orient Overseas Container Line, the two largest each have capacity for more than 21,000 TEUs.
That might sort of make you resent the costs of air emissions testing of your car.