Target: Sam Woodward, Horizon Lines President and CEO
Goal: Commend company on decision to install diesel engines
Horizon Lines, a leading United States domestic ocean shipping company, recently announced that it will begin to convert the power plants on its steam turbine cargo vessels into diesel engines. In addition to being able to burn conventional liquid fuels, the new engines will be able to burn liquefied natural gas (LNG). The first ships will be completed by 2016.
In recent years, more attention has been paid to the negative impact of fuel emissions from ocean vessels. Horizon Lines’ new engines and vessel power sources will be able to run on LNG, which will reduce fuel consumption and result in lower emissions. This type of gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel and will reduce greenhouse gas and sulphur oxide emissions. If spilt on land or water, it will leave no remnant, eliminating any form of cleanup.
In addition to lowering emissions, LNG is safer than traditional sources. It is non-toxic and non-corrosive. It is lighter than air, and fumes remain at floor level and quickly diffuse. It requires a high temperature in order to ignite, has a small flammability range, and can be stored at much lower temperatures than traditional fuel sources.
Furthermore, this gas is less expensive than others, and increasing the use and export of it has the potential to create up to 452,300 new United States jobs within the next twenty years, as well as increase gross domestic product by approximately sixteen to seventy-three billion dollars per year.
By implementing plans to convert all of its vessels’ main engines and supporting components, Horizon Lines is showing a commitment to not only the environment, but to the economy as well. By signing the petition below, you will commend the company on its decision.
Dear Sam Woodward,
Horizon Lines is a leader in the United States domestic ocean shipping industry. It is the only company that serves Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico from the continental United States. As this type of leader, Horizon Lines should strive to consistently set the example for ethical and environmentally-conscious practices. By deciding to convert the current steam turbine cargo vessel engines to diesel engines, Horizon Lines is actively working to reduce negative impacts on the environment.
The new engines will burn LNG, which is cleaner, safer, and more cost effective than other gases. By implementing plans to convert its vessels’ engines, Horizon Lines sets the example for all other shipping companies to follow. We would like to commend you and Horizon Lines on your commitment to the environment and the United States economy.
[Your Name Here]
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