UK company claims new wind-powered system is the "Tesla of the seas". Windship Technology has revealed what it claims is the world's ﬁrst truly zero-emissions ship system. The UK company has brought Norwegian classiﬁcation society DNV on board to help develop a wind-powered design it refers to as the "Tesla of the seas".... "Per Marius Berrefjord, senior vice president at DNV, called the Windship team "experienced professionals". He said the project aims to help bring the entire shipping industry to "true zero" in terms of emissions. "Windship is supplying information in a fully transparent manner, and DNV will ensure a thorough veriﬁcation process. We are looking forward to dive deeper into the very interesting technology presented by Windship," the DNV executive added. Windship is now looking to seal commercial partnerships with major shipowners, operators and investors, the UK company said. The Windship board includes former Concordia Maritime chief executive Lars Carlsson. The ex-tanker executive said: "The industry cannot sit back any longer. The clock is ticking and regulation will force a new approach for an industry that is traditionally hesitant to change." He added shipping is not ﬁt for purpose for the future. Carlsson has been advocating wind power for a number of years. He said in 2019 that owners should be using all known fuel-saving methods, including wind propulsion, lower speeds, design and operational optimisation and biofuels derived from waste. And he called for new vessels to be built with anti-corrosion coated steel to give them a longer trading life of 50 years, a global fossil-fuel tax to encourage sustainable investment and the creation of a carbon exchange trading market.Read the full article from Tradewinds > Tradewinds subscribers, click here to find out more from Tradewinds >
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Our Technical Director, Simon Rogers, was interviewed by Nick Holland on the BBC World Service in May 2020, talking about how the Windship Technology solution can save over 70% fuel and help bulk carriers significantly cut emissions too.
Old ships, powered by the wind, are sailing small amounts of cargo around the world again to help cut pollution. Some of them were built more than 100 years ago.
The shipping industry moves 80% of traded goods around the planet. But the diesel engines that propel modern cargo ships through the oceans burn the dirtiest type of fuel.
Nick Holland speaks to sailors and brokers who, for the sake of the environment, are breathing new life into these vintage vessels.
And he hears how new types of sails could get monster-sized modern cargo ships using the wind as well.