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ABS & MARIN Launch Wind Propulsion Technology JIP

Logistic News - Published on Mon, 15 Jul 2019

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ABS and MARIN have launched a Joint Industry Project to investigate transparent and validated methods to assess performance of wind-assisted shipping propulsion technologies, a key driver in owners/operators investment decision-making. Mr Gurinder Singh, ABS Global Sustainability Director, said that “As the regulatory framework increases pressure to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the time is right to explore the potential of wind to generate savings on emissions, fuel and cost. This project has significant potential to reduce barriers to the adoption of sustainable wind propulsion technologies and make a positive contribution to achieving IMO 2030 and 2050 objectives. Through the ABS Global Sustainability Center, ABS is supporting leading-edge maritime sustainability initiatives all over the world. This JIP with MARIN is just the latest example of how we can help the industry transition to a low carbon economy.”

The JIP covers the majority of all marketed wind-assisted ship propulsors and aims to overcome barriers to the uptake of these technologies by:

Improving methods for transparent performance prediction
Using the improved methods to provide ship owners/operators with fast predictions for their fleet
Reviewing the regulatory environment to identify gaps and make recommendations and provide examples on establishing compliance.

Wind-assisted propulsion technologies decrease the fuel consumption of a merchant vessel through the use of sails or some other device converting the kinetic energy of the wind into thrust.

Mr Patrick Hooijmans, MARIN Senior Project Manager Ships, said that “A major barrier to use of wind energy on board is the shortage of transparent and independently verified methods to predict the performance of wind propulsors. A reliable model will assist in adoption, as the profitability of an investment is in a subjective realm of wide-spread opinions. Furthermore, the industry can use examples and custom work to demonstrate compliance with statutory and class rules and regulations. MARIN and ABS are committed to exploring ways of overcoming these barriers.”

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Mon, 15 Jul 2019
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