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Humorist, columnist and marine zealot
Stuart Ballantyne, is often criticised by
EPAs and a variety of green groups for
his cynical and derisory remarks about
environmentalists in general, and
extremists in particular. He refers to the
extremists as CAVE men --"Citizens
Against Virtually Everything".
"I've been alarmed to learn recently
that certain bureaucratic green zealots
have acted beyond their powers in trying
to suppress his right to be heard. This,
apart from its general offensiveness
is anti-democratic behaviour at its
worst," said Neil Baird, Editor-in-Chief
of Baird Publications.
"What most people don't know about
Ballantyne is that the biggest and oldest
file in his design office is the "Alternative
Energy" file, and as a man who likes
yachting as his hobby, he practices what
"In 1982, he was a key tactician in
establishing Fiji's coastal shipping service
between the two closest points in Fiji's two
main islands, and cut down 13 ships
travelling for two days between the two
main ports to three vessels on a three-hour
crossing. Huge reductions in green house
"As tactician to Kangaroo Island Sealink
in 1984, he put the world's first offshore
Ro-Pax design across the one-hour stretch
from Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island
in 1984, ending the 80-metre heavily
subsidised 'Island Seaway' that did a six-
hour crossing from Port Adelaide.
"He was the founding Director of
Peninsula Searoad Transport which finally
bridged Port Phillip Heads near Melbourne
in 1987 after 100 years of failed attempts by
a variety of groups. Today that service
carries 900,000 people and 300,000 vehicles
per annum and certainly has reduced GHGs
around Port Phillip.
"Stuart won the Seatrade Environmental
Award in London 1997 for the design of
the Lead zinc carrier 'Aburri', which
established new and better levels of dust
and spillage control at the time.
"His semi-SWATH Crusader and Ro-Pax
designs have been sold to 45 countries
worldwide because of their low
horsepower requirement and hence their
low emissions and carbon footprint,
winning the Cruise and Ferry Award 2003.
His crusades for the revival of
Australian coastal shipping and reduce
truck traffic emissions, road accidents
and road maintenance are well recorded
over the last 20 years.
"He also won the AUSMEPA award in
2006 for the clear environmental
advantages of the SeaSA ferry across
Spencer Gulf in South Australia.
"The new IMO Energy Efficient Design
Index (EEDI) is a ship design benchmark
where Stuart Ballantyne and his Sea
Transport Solutions designs are clear
leaders, and hence his willingness to
constantly improve hull efficiency by tank
testing at AMC and elsewhere.
"He is without a doubt a "practising
greenie", a term that would probably
make him squirm.
"Ask this straight talking Scotsman
what he doesn't like about greenies
and he will give you a succinct answer.
He despises "unbalanced" greenies who
are paid to police green policies but use
their positions in obstructing anything
and everything, even projects that
have clear environmental advantages
with employment opportunities to boot.
"He sees the coastal waters as an
unused highway that doesn't require
thousands of tonnes of tar sealing or
repairs to pot-holes!
"So while he may poke fun and cast
disdain on sectors of EPA, he is ahead of
the game in environmental practice," said
Stuart Ballantyne -- a Greenie in disguise?
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