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Kiwi Rail has been criticized for not choosing the lowest-emission model for its new inter-cylinder ferry.
Kiwi Rail is defending its decision not to choose the lowest emissions when buying two new inter-cylinder ferries.
Kiwi Rail signs ڈالر 551 million deal with Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mapo Dockyard in June Build two new mega ferries, Is expected to be delivered in 2025/26.
The new ferry will allow ships to dive into the existing fleet, which will have about three times as many passengers and three times more cargo than Aratir.
The ferry will be powered by a hybrid of marine diesel and batteries. Reduce total fleet carbon emissions. An estimated 40%
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However, Kiwi Rail rejected the option of purchasing a methanol-powered ship, even though the fuel emits less than marine diesel. Business Desk Reporting Revealed
Methanol is increasingly becoming a common fuel source for new and converted aircraft in Europe.
Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping operator, announced plans this month to accelerate its de-carbonization program Purchase of eight new aircraft Running on carbon neutral methanol.
Both the Rail and Maritime Transport Union and the Maritime Union National have criticized the decision not to take meteorological targets seriously.
Craig Harrison, national secretary of the Maritime Union, said: “The important thing here is for the government to do what is necessary to reduce emissions in order to meet its own goals, as well as to build security and credibility.”
David Gordon, Kiwi Rail’s chief operating officer for Capital Projects and Asset Development, said the government agency made the decision because it was concerned about the supply of natural gas to New Zealand.
Kiwi Rail believes that in choosing the diesel-electric hybrid battery propulsion, we chose the best option for the intersylinder ferry design, taking into account the supply chain availability, future natural gas availability in New Zealand and the design of new ferries. Is. “he said.
We are designed to increase battery usage, introduce alternative cleaner fuels as technology matures, and reduce carbon emissions over time.
State-owned enterprises Minister David Clarke defended Kiwi Rail’s decision.
“This purchase signals the shift of Kiwi Rail away from conventional fossil fuels.” he said.
The aircraft will be provided with space, capacity and infrastructure so that in the future fuel technology and greater use of battery power can be incorporated into vessels when the technology is mature and available and supportive.
InterSelander currently operates three ferries, transports 800,000 people each year, and carries ڈالر 14 billion worth of road and rail freight between the northern and southern islands each year.