On 14 July, we were pleased to spend a very exciting day with the team around Jörg Pfeifer — for a small contribution in the programme Umschau on sailing transport. Jörg Pfeifer is a reporter and coffee fan and travelled for 2 months as part of the crew of the two-masted schooner “Avontuur” — a sailing cargo ship — to implement a crazy plan: to transport 40 tonnes of coffee to Germany by sailing ship in a climate-friendly way. Around 13 billion tonnes of cargo are transported across the oceans every year by huge container ships using environmentally harmful heavy fuel oil. In addition to modern cargo sailing ships such as the “Neoliner” and hybrid systems based on steering kites, e.g. from the “Skysails” group of companies, the programme also describes the utilisation of ammonia for the environmentally friendly propulsion of ships. Jens Wartmann, Head of Stragie Development and Technology CAMPFIRE, and Raoul Bajorat, Head of Development at Hanse Yachts AG, present in Umschau the current work on the functional prototype of a yacht with auxiliary engine, which is to have environmentally friendly produced ammonia in the tank. Jens emphasises in Umschau: “Green ammonia is completely carbon-free and the whole process chain is completely carbon-free, so we have no climate-damaging gases and no gases or emissions that pollute the environment. All that comes out of the exhaust of the motor yacht — and the smokestacks of the container ships — is water vapour and harmless nitrogen.
Photo: Raoul Bajorat (HanseYachts AG) and Jens Wartmann (ZBT) discuss the integration of the ship’s engine into a sport yacht during the shoot in Greifswald.