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In addition to their fuel efficiency and cargo capacity, using ships to transport goods offers additional benefits compared with trucks, trains and planes.

Shipping produces fewer air pollutant emissions.
Ships use less fuel than trucks and trains and thus produce less carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change. In addition, ships emit lower levels of other air pollutants, such as carbon monoxide and oxides of nitrogen and sulfur than do trucks and trains.

Shipping produces less noise pollution.
Aside from the low rumble of their engines, ships are pretty much silent as they travel over the waters of the Great Lakes. Compare this with the roar of the semis and clatter and screech of trains as they move goods through our communities.

Shipping is a safer mode of transportation.
Compared with trucks and trains, ships have fewer major accidents. Occasionally, Great Lakes ships may run aground, but serious accidents and cargo spills are rare.

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