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Vale bets on bubble-producing iron ore carrier to cut emissions

Brazil’s mining giant will receive the world‘s first ore carrier that produces air bubbles on the hull to reduce fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions

The mining giant is testing an air lubrication system in which compressors send air to devices under a vessel, forming a carpet of bubbles that reduces friction between the hull and the water. The technique will cut the guaibamax’s fuel use by 5% to 8%

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