OCEANBIRD - WALLENIUS
OCEANBIRD - The cargo ship is 200 metres long and 40 metres wide. It is claimed that she will be able to cross the Atlantic in 12 days. It is noted that there will be
The wing sails are all of 80 metres tall, giving the ship a height above water line of approximately 105 metres. Though, thanks to wings' telescopic construction they can be lowered, resulting in a vessel height above water line of around 45 metres. We love the clean lines of this vessel, and hope all goes well with real world testing.
The wind has always been a source of free energy, but so far no one has been willing to harness it to power a cargo ship crossing the Atlantic with 7,000 cars in its hull. Until now.
Sails are no longer the issue – in the case of this Wallenius concept the rigging has more in common with airplane wings. Oceanbird is about revolutionizing technology that will put an end to the era of fossil fuel driven cargo ships in maritime transport.
Unsurprisingly, most fleet operators are looking for ways around the new regulations without looking to change business models to deal with rising CO2 levels in the quest for Zero Carbon Shipping. The IMO specify a 70% reduction by 2050, compared to 2008 levels. With full decarbonisation by 2100.
The Paris Agreement sets a goal of phasing out net greenhouse gas emissions in the second half of the century, mainly by shifting from fossil fuels to cleaner energies such as solar and wind power.
WINGS AS SAILS - The race is on the develop alternative technology for shipping, amid a rush of ideas to get to zero carbon.
NEXT GENERATION CARGO SHIPS
A telescopic construction allows the rig to be lowered from 105 to 45 metres when the vessel needs to pass under a bridge, or if strong winds make it necessary to reduce wing sail surface to reduce speed.
CONVENTIONAL CARGO CONTENDERS A list of the top ten fossil fueled giants that could benefit from solar and wind assistance. You may notice from the specification of these vessels that we are in the right ballpark for power to cargo ratio when comparing DWT to installed engine power:
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ASHINGTON & JAMDA - Sails as wings is not exactly new technology. Fleet operators have known about this for years, but only now the IMO is making the running, are ship designers being employed to change the way we deliver goods around the world.
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