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In another post, we cover how intense the currently planned and approved environmental legacy will be on the Arctic and impact climate on all of the Northern Hemisphere.

In this post, we explain what rewards can Compensation Leaders expect by supporting the development of a Zero Fossil Fuel Zone (ZFFZ) in the Arctic. By prioritizing the development of best-in-class services aimed at the Maritime Industry, Project SEANERGY ensures a win-win scenario to all parties, now and for the future.

Deployment of these services kicks off in 2011. Until then, our priority is to share and populate parts of our proposal while inviting stakeholders to get a better understanding of their interests at stake.

All this is based on the multiple advantages included in our proposition in contrast with the current available scenarios.

What we know so far
When it comes to big boats, everybody wins big by choosing Project Seanergy.

Here is why
We plan to speed up the offering of a high-quality Arctic crossing service, powered by clean and renewable energy. This will greatly benefit members of the Maritime Industry concerned by Asian-Europe crossing and currently being redirected through Canal and Cape routes

For them, the value of our proposal can translate into an ever-increasing number of Arctic crossing days year after year, and fixed fuel costs over 10 years for a big part of the way.

For Seanergy and the community, the challenge is to devise a scenario that can reassure the Industry on the safety, performance, sustainability and reliability of our recommended alternative.

The Maritime Industry can play a major role in a speedy deployment of the better solution. Since everybody stands to gain from this venture and that all parties’ decisions will influence other parties, the community and the environment, members of the Maritime Industry and other trade sectors are invited to become partners. Working amongst the team that builds this Zero Fossil Fuel Zone, Seanergy will strive to generate savings for operators, part of which will be channeled to renewable energy producers. We will then share the costs of doing business and split most of what is left between initial supporters of the Project Seanergy Foundation.

Here is How
Here is a very well-known fact: compared to the ZFFZ, all other routes represent very high opportunity costs. By allocating one third of the costs saved compared to alternate crossing routes, operators can facilitate and sustain the viability of a renewable energy based high-quality crossing service of the Arctic.

The service works like this
When entering the ZFFZ, the crossing ships are asked to stop their engines. From this point until they leave the ZFFZ, the boats will be supplied electricity and will be towed by hydrogen-powered vessels fuelled and operated by the ZFFZ.

The hydrogen is to be produced by turbines installed in currents or by mobile units. The generated electricity is converted into hydrogen and stored to be picked up, either on location or as close as possible to the turbine.

No Pollution is the Better Business Decision

Based on current fuel and turbine costs, a big ship needs roughly 15 Arctic passages to generate savings to operators that exceed the cost of the required turbines. When factoring in maintenance, service, and other infrastructure costs, this number increases to around 40 crossings.

The costs required to supply a service based on renewable hydrogen, in order to avoid fossil fuel in the Arctic, will be easily recovered within 5 years. This service will increase profitability for operators and less pollution for the community.

Regardless of costs savings, our current reckless disregard for consequences can be compared to the one of grandparents visiting their grandchildren and stowing a heater in their freezer just before leaving. Since they figure that they won’t be around when it’s time to mop up the place, and since this gesture seemed like a practical—yet half-baked—solution to their immediate needs, they are convinced that their grandchildren will not curse them. Nor will they wonder how come this happened to them and what they did to deserve such faith…

Based on these premises, we say: Project Seanergy means Big Boats and No Pollution in the Arctic.

This morning on Slideshare, we started to share the Project Seanergy Foundation Brief : A profitable approach to coming challenges in the Arctic presentation.

We’re looking forward to your thoughts and comments.

Clean Current tidal turbine through Alston

Clean Current tidal turbine through Alstom

Alstom signed an agreement with the Canadian based company Clean Current. They plan on being market ready before 2012.

Alstom is a major global player and has been involved so far in hydroelectric projects totaling more than 400GW, roughly 25% of the current hydroelectric installed base.

Isn’t Internet great? It allows us to visit these beautiful places and, in a sense, be there a little bit, if only by having easy access to information and being able see what it’s all about. Being able to travel like this—by mind probes—we are sometimes faced with troubling facts.

This is the case with the following map depicting the proposed location of four 50MW nuclear reactors.

Proposed location of nuclear reactors in the Arctic

Location for future nuclear reactors north of 60

Please note that this post is not yet complete and will be reworked in the near future. Still, we couldn’t launch the Seanergy Project Foundation blog without exposing this important matter to the public.

Don’t hesitate to share with us any information you might have on nuclear power in countries of the Arctic circle, including Canada and Russia.

Yes, according to The Guardian, in an article titled “Russia to build floating Arctic nuclear stations”:

“Russia is planning a fleet of floating and submersible nuclear power stations to exploit Arctic oil and gas reserves, causing widespread alarm among environmentalists.”

“The 70-megawatt plants, each of which would consist of two reactors on board giant steel platforms, would provide power (…) to allow Gazprom, to power drills needed to exploit some of the remotest oil and gas fields in the world in the Barents and Kara seas”

Whether it is to keep us better informed or to provide us with a different facts, your comments are welcomed. Note that at the present, and based on macro economics and sustained development fundamentals, we do not feel that the conclusions could change, considering the following questions.

Now why should we invest first in more resources to perfect and deploy these technologies than it would cost to develop a proper renewable energy network?

How is this proposal the better decision for future generations, the one creating the highest number of recurrent jobs and the least amount of undesirable residues and side effects (effective or potential)?

Thank you for reading this, and please share with us your reactions or more information on this or other topics.

“Soot infused snow is most responsible for Arctic Warming and meltdown”.

Source: page 19 of the following presentation: One ship pollutes as much as 50 million cars by Jørn P. Winkler.

In his article in Gizmag published April 23, 2009, Paul Evans reveals the huge impact a renewable energy procurement chain will have on GHG.

Pollution from boats

Stating that one of these giants may produce as much Green House Gases as 50 million cars, he keeps on revealing that “15 of the world’s biggest ships may now emit as much pollution as all the world’s 760 million cars”.

These will be the kind of ships Seanergy allows to cross the Arctic passages without pollution.

Here is one example: with one of the twin Maersk ship with a capacity of 15,200 containers. Size: 1,300-ft long and 183-ft wide. It can sustain a steady pace of 25,5 knots (47,2 km/h). Now, 15,200 containers at 25,5 knot equals 380 tons of fuel rejected per day.


One of the twin Maersk ship with a capacity of 15,200 containers.

After Alstom earlier this month, another manufacturer in June is announcing that it is ready for certification with a mature product.

PENNINGTON, N.J., Jun 11, 2009– Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. ( NASDAQ:OPTT and NASDAQ:London NASDAQ:Stock NASDAQ:Exchange NASDAQ:AIM: OPT) (“OPT” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has reached two major manufacturing milestones in the development of the Company’s flagship PB150 PowerBuoy(R), which is to be ready for deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Scotland by the end of 2009…..

…..Jim Mather, Scotland’s Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, said: “Scotland boasts a quarter of Europe’s wave and tidal resource and we are leading the way in developing marine renewables through the world’s only accredited wave and tidal testing centre, the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. I am delighted that Scottish Government support is helping to advance the in-ocean demonstration of what will be the world’s largest wave energy device using buoy technology. This is just one example of the huge economic potential that making Scotland a world leader in renewables can bring.”



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Project SEANERGY Foundation’s vision is the development of the Arctic Passage by full-spectrum implementation and use of green energies — mainly hydrogen — to create the modern worlds First Green Industrial Zone.

How we accomplish this begins right here by communicating.

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