Airbus, the European aircraft manufacturer, has announced plans to charter a fleet of three new low-emission ships for the transportation of aircraft subassemblies between its production facilities in Europe and the U.S. The company has commissioned French shipowner Louis Dreyfus Armateurs to build, own, and operate these vessels, which are set to enter service in 2026.
Sustainable Power Source
The ships will be powered by a combination of six rotors and two dual-fuel engines. The rotors, large rotating cylinders that generate lift from wind, along with the dual-fuel engines running on maritime diesel oil and e-methanol, will ensure a low-emission mode of operation.
Enhanced Capacity and Efficiency
Each vessel will have the capacity to transport approximately 70 40-foot containers and up to six single-aisle aircraft subassemblies. This will include crucial components such as wings, fuselage, engine pylons, and tail planes. In comparison, the current cargo ships can only accommodate three to four sets of these subassemblies. The enhanced capacity and efficiency of the new fleet will significantly improve the transportation process.
Airbus expects this move to contribute to its commitment in reducing overall industrial emissions by up to 63% by the end of the decade compared to 2015 levels. The new fleet is projected to reduce average annual transatlantic carbon dioxide emissions from 68,000 metric tons to 33,000 metric tons by 2030. Considering that ships are responsible for nearly 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions, this initiative will play a crucial role in mitigating environmental impact.
In conclusion, Airbus is taking proactive steps towards sustainable transportation by chartering low-emission ships. The innovative design and increased capacity of these vessels will significantly contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions in the transatlantic transportation of aircraft subassemblies.
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