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Wind Powered Car Carrier Oceanbird to Cut 90% Emissions

Logistic News - Published on Mon, 14 Sep 2020

Image Source: Wind Powered Car Carrier Oceanbird
In the research project wind Powered Car Carrier wPCC, 3 partners, Wallenius Marine, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and SSPA Sweden are developing a wind-powered vessel from concept to a technical and financially viable design ready to be built within 3-5 years. This project aims to pave the way for a paradigm shift in maritime transport by demonstrating that this new transport concept is possible even in the near future. With 80-metre-high sails, wPCC reduces emissions by as much as 90%. The goal is to be able to operate freighters with zero emissions. A transatlantic crossing with wPCC will take around twelve days, compared with the seven days it takes conventional vessels. The sailing cargo vessel Oceanbird will leave 90% less emissions than today’s vessels, which shows that the maritime industry can bring about major change and that zero-emission shipping is possible. The design will be ready for orders in 2021 and we are aiming for a launch in 2024.

wPCC is a Swedish collaborative project between Wallenius Marine, KTH and SSPA. It is supported by the Swedish Transport Administration, which is acting as a co-financier and has allocated SEK 27 million for the three-year development project during 2019-2022.

It is an efficient cluster collaboration that draws together experts from the public and private sectors and academia. Wallenius Marine, which is the project coordinator, owns the concept and is also contributing design and logistics expertise. KTH is addressing the challenges within areas such as aerodynamics, sailing mechanics and performance analysis. SSPA is contributing with expertise within the development and validation of new testing methods, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic simulation methods and risk simulation. This expertise will eventually be used to develop sailing vessels in other vessel segments.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 14 Sep 2020
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