I wrote a story recently on why Great Lakes shippers want the Army Corps of Engineers to do more dredging of Lake Erie’s shipping channels, and my piece included a quote from Glen Nekvasil praising the energy efficiency of Great Lakes freighters.
I told readers that according to Nekvasil, vice president of the Lake Carriers Association, the ships get 600 miles per gallon of fuel.
That would be a pretty special ship.
The actual statistic is that such a freighter can get 607 miles from one gallon for each ton of cargo. That’s still pretty good compared to other forms of transportation, but I mangled the statistic.
One reader called to ask where he could get a 600 mpg boat.
I had to tell him that I couldn’t help.