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Archive News 2018

  • On December 31, 2018

01 January – Happy New Year – Festive greetings to all of our members, associates, registered supporters and wider network. 2018 has been an important year for commercial wind propulsion and we are looking forward to a landmark 2019. Many projects and technologies are now entering the pre-market stage and seatrials are progressing well. There will be a raft of announcements in the Spring and and we are eagerly awaiting those. New alliances and collaborations are being formed and the event horizon is very interesting. I hope you will be able to join us at our many events, including the Canada/US tour from 25 March – 11 April (more details coming).

December 2018

17 DecemberCreating tailwind for wind-assisted shipping
North Sea Region – Interreg Sail Project – conclusions restated, recent developments and pathways forward.
‘The North Sea Region Programme supports innovation that reduces the heavy CO2 footprint of sea carriers. An example is the SAIL project (2012-2015) that helped kick-start wind-assisted shipping propulsion (WASP), a low-carbon freight solution which is now in growing demand. This project also played a core role in the early formation of the International Windship Association.’

Creating tailwind for wind-assisted shipping

15 December – Congratulations to Nick and the Anemoi Technologies team along with Blue Planet Shipping – well deserved win for wind as ‘Ship of the Year’ at the Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards 2018.

Member Name Change: STX Europe has changed name to Chantiers de l’Atlantique

New Members: A warm welcome to the new IWSA members and registered supporters – Welcome Aboard!!!

Add-Modules Technology (France)- New Member

Computed Wing Sail [CWS]
(France) – New Member

HSVA – Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt GmbH / Hamburg Ship Model Basin (Germany) – New Member

Zéphyr & Borée (France) – New Supporter

Collection of Recent Articles & Press releases from IWSA
Winds of Change: Global Shipping, Decarbonisation & Wind Propulsion

Perfect Storm Brewing for Wind Propulsion Uptake in Commercial Shipping

Green lobby group says wind power is ready for lift off – The International Windship Association claims shipping is inching towards meeting its potential for more than 10,000 wind-assisted bulkers and tankers within 12 years

Verna Inventions
Details of the prototype:
Short film of the prototype is this:

The performance of the EcoFlettner, which has been tested on the MV Fehn Pollux since July, clearly exceeds the expectations of the scientists. In perfect conditions, the prototype delivers more thrust than the main engine.

The Smart Green Shipping Alliance has been nominated for the Safety4Sea Energy Efficiency Award – Support Wind Propulsion & Vote Here

Collection of Excellent Ship Finance Publications – Dr-Ing Orestis Schinas, Professor of Shipping and Ship Finance, Head of Department of Maritime and Logistics, Hamburg School of Business Administration
Schinas, O., Grau, C., Johns, M. (Eds) The HSBA Handbook on Ship Finance.
Springer Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-662-43410-9, also available in Chinese.
Schinas, O., Ross, H.H, Rossol, T.D.(2018) Financing Green Ships through
Export Credit Schemes, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and
Environment, Vol. 65, pp. 300-311
FULL LIST + LINKS – DOWNLOAD – Publications2018

01 December – Blue Technology Secures Funding for Further Project Development – Congratulations to the Brian and the Blue technology team on securing substantial Danish Maritime Fund funding to develop the sail prototype

November 2018

30 November – Press Release
Neoline enters an exciting partnership with the Renault Group to transport Renault cars aboard new build Neoliners on a France-Canada route. During the recent Assises de la Mer maritime conference, Groupe Renault announced the signing of a 3-year partnership with Nantes start-up Neoline.

22 November – Press Release: eConowind has finished land-testing for its autonomous wind propulsion unit with ‘aspirated wing-profiles’ which act as sails for ships and help them lower emissions.

The eConowind foldable unit comprises a 40ft container which deploys two folding out ‘VentiFoils’ that are ridged ‘aspirated wing-profiles’ which act as sails. The unit will be mounted on the hatchcovers of Lady Christina of WijnneBarends Delfzijl for testing in the North Sea and Baltic Sea and measurement of the generated thrust.

22 November – Press Release – Project to test Sail Technology on Ultrabulk Vessels
A £100,000 12-month feasibility study funded by InnovateUK, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and private investors has begun to examine the potential of fitting sail technology onto Ultrabulk ships that import biomass into the UK to cut carbon emissions.
The project is a result of collaboration between the Smart Green Shipping Alliance (SSGA), dry bulk cargo transporter Ultrabulk, Humphreys Yacht Design, and Drax, operator of the UK’s largest power station.

15 November – Press Release: Norsepower ready to rent out its wind-assisted rotor sailsNorsepower says lease financing package will allow owners to make fuel savings straight away without the cost of buying its wind power units.

Norsepower Raises €3.6m In New Equity Funding Round To Accelerate Expansion And Growth

20-21 November – Thank you to all the participants and the warm welcome at the Renewable Energy Network 21 Academy in Berlin, IWSA looks forward to continuing to help build our relationship and working together to develop renewable energy throughout the global supply chain.

19 November
We were delighted to be invited to the Brussels launch of the Energy Transitions Commision’s report – Mission Possible: Reaching net-zero carbon emissions from harder-to-abate sectors by mid-century.
The report from this high level industry group outlines the possible routes to fully decarbonize cement, steel, plastics, trucking, shipping and aviation – which together represent 30% of energy emissions today and could increase to 60% by mid-century as other sectors lower their emissions.
IWSA contributed a significant amount of information to the commission and we are pleased to see that material was taken into account in the full report.
– Wind Assist included in the section “How to Reach Zero Emissions from Shipping (pg 44)
Wind-sail assistance technologies could also very significantly reduce fuel use.” (pg 76)
Full Report

13-16 November – Wind Propulsion Hub Meetings
Thanks to all the participants at the very sucessful events in Hamburg. We are moving ahead with the development of IWSA’s second regional wind propulsion hub, IWSA Europe – North Sea & Baltic and we are looking forward to working further with the group. The next steps will be a full stakeholder analysis, developing a number of key focal projects and organising a stakeholder engagment conference in 2019.

Series of IWSA Events in Hamburg, Germany
Hosted by Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA)
Supported by: MARIKO (DE), HSBA (DE), Utopia Navalis (DE),Shipping Professional Network in Hamburg e.V. (SPNH) (DE), eConowind (NL), Dykstra NA (NL), Norsepower (FIN) & FinOcean (FIN)

16th November – Wind Propulsion Stakeholders Roundtable – from 1500-1730 – hosted by Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) Address: Alter Wall 38, 20457, Hamburg
We are inviting stakeholders in the region to this initial consultative roundtable concerning the development of the wind propulsion hub for the North Sea/Baltic region – we value your input and please register by sending your name, company/position and contact details to
16th November – Press Lunch – from 1200-1430 – hosted by Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) = address: Alter Wall 38, 20457, Hamburg
Theme: Wind Energy – Decarbonisation – Shipping
Invitations to members of the press – this press event will have a number of presentations from IWSA and members and will focus on latest developments in the wind propulsion segment and news of the development of the wind propulsion hub for the North Sea and Baltic region. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Please register by sending your name, company/position and contact details to
15th November – IWSA Wind Propulsion Seminar/Maritime Lounge from 1800-2030 – hosted by Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) = address: Alter Wall 38, 20457, Hamburg
All those interested to learn more about wind propulion technologies, projects and the latest news with a glass of wine and good company, then please join us!!! Free to Register – send your name, company/position and contact details to

13th NovemberWind Propulsion Hub Core Team Roundtable – hosted by MARIKO at Hochschule Emden Leer, 1200-1430. Discussion on establishing the hub for the North Sea and Baltic region. Inivitation event.

10th November – IWSA Secretary presenting at Maritime Nacht at the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH) event 1700-2200. Download flyer: tu_maritime_nacht_2018_flyer

7th November – IWSA Secretary presenting at Safety4Sea Conference in Hamburg. IWSA is an offical supporting organisation for the free to register event. This is a full day event (09:00 to 17:00) at Empire Riverside Hotel, Hamburg. Register here:

Remember there are a number of conferences this month that IWSA is an official supporting organisation – members discounts are available – full information is on our Maritime Events page

27 – 28 November – Shipping 2030 Middle East – – co-located with Global Liner Middle East, and Shiptech – Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, UAE Conference Agenda:

14-16 November: Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference – – Empire Riverside Hotel, Hamburg, Germany Download conference brochure:

14-16 November – 6th Sustainable Ocean Summit – New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel, 72 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong To register for the event click here.

12-14 November 2018: Shipping2030 North America & Green Ship Technology (GST) North America, Intercontinental Times Square, NYC, NY, USA

5-7 November – CrewConnect Global & Cruise Connect Summit – Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines — Visit the Conference:
Download the Agenda:

October 2018

30 October – Press Release: Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) and China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) have completed a test run of a sail propulsion system on CMES’s newbuild VLCC New Vitality.

01 November 2018 Time: 9.00am-11.30am (Fiji Time +12GMT) Join via free to air Livestream:
On 8-10 November, Pacific transport leaders meet in Suva to talanoa the immediate need to set clear decarbonisation routes for this sector at the international, regional and national level. This webinar by leading experts presents the science from a range of perspectives to support this critical Pacific debate.
Albon Ishoda (Charge de Affaire, Suva Embassy, RMI) and Taholo Kami (Special advisor COP23 Secretariat)
Panelists will debate pre-recorded presentations followed by moderated discussion with an invited audience
Tristan Smith, University College London – from Global to the Village – what does the IMO roadmap mean for the Paris Agreement and what are the impacts on the Pacific?
Jimmy Nuake, Solomon Islands Government from Village to Global – why is the Pacific in the IMO roadmap process and what are the red lines for SIDS?
Frida Youssef, UNCTAD Transport, Trade, SDGs – what does decarbonizing shipping mean for SIDS and sustainable development?
Michael Vahs, Hochschule Emden/Leer what are the technologies available today and what’s on the horizon for Pacific scale shipping?
Faranisese Kinivuwai, Fiji Government what are the challenges for government in decarbonisation planning?
Peter French, World Food Programme Decarbonizing shipping – an opportunity or a challenge for disaster response?
Simon Bennett, China Navigation Company Decarbonisation and Pacific shipping – a progressive industry perspective.

Upcoming Event – Sail Cargo Alliance – New Dawn Traders, Bessie Ellen Event in Bristol, UK

03 November – Bristol Stands By for First Delivery of Sailed Cargo Since the early 1900’s
One of the last surviving West Country trading ketches is currently on its way to Bristol, from Portugal with a cargo of wine, olive oil, almonds, chestnuts and salt, all from small producers and cooperatives. The Bessie Ellen is was part of a fleet that once stood at nearly 700 from 1900 to 1930 when working sailing ships were an everyday sight in English ports and harbours. Please join us to welcome the vessel, it’ crew and cargo to Bristol!!
Here is the link to the brochure for products available for pre-order :, orders Further event info: – for Bristol and the event link for Falmouth is:

October 24-25 –IWSA Secretary General presenting on Alternative Marine Propulsion and Sustainable Shipping Technology for Developing Countries at the International Seminar on Sustainable Shipping in Developing Countries at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

October 23 – Webinar – Distinguishing the right roadmap to drive industry wide decarbonisation – With the 2050 vision in place and a commitment from the IMO on GHG strategy integration, this panel will look specifically at what the driving factors behind decarbonization and the steps that the global shipping market needs to take. Diane Gilpin (SGSA) & Gavin Allwright (IWSA) discuss the issues.

SkySails Yacht GmbH – SkySails Yacht GmbH with headquarters in Hamburg/Germany is the market and technology leader in the field of automated towing kite systems for large yachts and superyachts. The company draws upon 17 years of experience of its parent company SkySails Group GmbH which is renowned for its innovative towing kite wind propulsion system for cargo vessels. SkySails is the first company in the world that has succeeded to develop kite technology as an industrial application with kites as large as 400m² delivering up to 2,000kW of propulsion power. The SkySails technology is patented worldwide.
In the last few years, SkySails Group has extended its product range based upon its towing kite core technology: Next to developing a propulsion system for the use on yachts (SkySails Yacht GmbH) and for generating power from high altitude winds (SkySails Power GmbH, visit the company specialized in the development of performance management systems for commercial vessels and has emerged to one of the leading providers in this market (SkySails Marine Performance)
Press releases:
180925_PR_Solar catamaran R4W anchors off The Brando
170601_PR_Zero Emissions – World’s first SkySails-Yacht successfully crosses the Atlantic 170421_EN_PR_SkySails launches kite drive for yachts

TU Delft has a new webpage devoted to wind-assist:
Download flyer: SWZ04_2018_WASP Kolk
“Wind-assisted ship propulsion is a dedicated research theme at the Ship Hydromechanics section of Delft University of Technology. This research program is conducted in close cooperation with partners across the Dutch maritime sector. Relevant research topics encompass a wide range of disciplines, extending beyond physical modelling to include logistics and economics. The further development of this promising technology, and its eventual implementation, will be made possible by these academic, research and industry partners working in concert. The Ship Hydromechanics section is actively pursuing further collaboration with parties interested in this work. ” Contact: Nico Van Der Kolk –

New Opening: Mechanical Engineer @Bound4Blue
The successful candidate will be joining bound4blue’s core team in Rubí-Barcelona (Spain) and will be in charge of the product design (structural stress analysis and mechanisms design) and mechanical engineering tasks for wingsail design, manufacture and adaptation for several real integrations in real vessels (upcoming projects: integration of a 30 m wingsail unit in a 120 m dry-bulk vessel and a 20 m unit in a 60 m cargo vessel). The candidate will contribute to the implementation and sea trials of bound4blue’s wingsail system as a member of the engineering team.Download Job Decription: Job Offer – Mechanical Engineer

04 OctoberFINAL CALL for participants for the EU Interreg Proposal Call for Wind-Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP). This 3-year EU subsidized project will bring a number of wind propulsion technologies to live trials, monitoring and evaluating performance and developing pathways to further uptake. Currently there is room for additional ship owners interested to trial the technologies on their vessels.
Deadline for Expression of Interest Submissions should be 10 Oct, – you can download the WASP framework paper here – WASP Framework NSR – 4-9-18
Expression of Interest template here – EOI fill template WASP Simple

Save the Date: Blueweek & Natural Propulsion Seminar – coming to Paris 27-29 May 2019
A call for papers will follow soon.

Many thanks to all of the IWSA members that had booths at SMM 2018 and those that visited. There has been a surge of interest in wind propulsion technologies in general and of course in the developments in the Flettner rotor technology, where we now have 6 vessels at sea with 14 rotors in operation – bulker, tanker, roro, ferry/cruise and general cargo segments.
SMM2020 will be an important event, and IWSA and it’s members are already planning our activities for two years time – see you there!!!.

September 2018

Upcoming Event
Electric & Hybrid Propulsion seminar with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy is fast approaching – to be held on 16-17 October in America Square (Cavendish Venues), London. As IWSA is an official supporting organisation, IWSA members and registered supporters receive a 20% discount, please use this link when posting:

10 September
Thank you to all of the visitors to iWSA member booths at SMM last week. The IWSA Secretary met and talked with more than 300 industry visitors and journalists during the 3 days he was there and Gavin was really pleased to find such positive and engaging attitudes to the development of wind propulsion at both the conferences and in the trade show.

03 September: Three Wind Propulsion Articles Publisshed in Fairplay IHS

Blue Technology

Dasivedo Design – Tig Rig

01 September – Article: Five Misconceptions of Wind Propulsion for Commercial Shipping

There will be five IWSA members at this year’s SMM 2018, 4th-7th September – one of the largest shipping events in the world. This is a great opportunity to meet and learn more about wind propulsion technologies, windship projects and the technical side of these low carbon solutions.
MariGreen, Ecoship, Bound4Blue, Norsepower & MARIN – more details in Flyer and postings below.

Download Press Release (21 August) Press Release – Welcome to the Future of Shipping – Follow the Wind at SMM2018
Download SMM Flyer (Hi-Resolution PDF) — Future of Shipping – Follow the Wind
SMM FLYER 2018_web (A4)
SMM FLYER 2018_web_B5

SMM Website & Registration

IWSA Members Exhibitors at SMM 2018

Bound4Blue (Hall A5 – booth 100)

Download Brochure:
Pamphlet B4B-IWSA-SMM

MARIN (Hall B2.EG – booth 320)

Download MARIN Wind Propulsion Reports:
Performance of Wind Assisted Ships – WASP
R122_11-13_Zero-emission shipping meets high-level sports
WiSPJIP Leaflet v10

Peace Boat: Ecoship (Hall A5 – booth 110)

Read more about Technology:
Watch Promotional Video

MariGreen (Hall A5 – booth 204)
Download Report & Factsheet:
MariGreen general project Info

Norsepower (Hall A5 – booth 302)

Download Norsepower Brochure & Latest Newsletter:
Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution brochure 2018
Norsepower News 2018-06-25


30 August – Wind Propulsion First – Installation of 2 x 30m Rotorsails on Maersk Tanker
Congratulations to the Norsepower team on the installation of 2 x 30m Rotorsails on Maersk Tanker’s 109,000dwt MV Pelican, estimated to save 7-10% fuel. Another stride forward in commercial wind propulsion. Brings to 6 vessels fitted with rotor rigs covering tanker, bulker, ferry/cruise, RoRo and general cargo segments.

Rotor Sails Fitted on board Maersk’s Tanker in a World’s 1st

27 August – IWSA Secretary Interview – Safety4Sea

Wind propulsion a realistic choice toward decarbonisation

“In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Mr. Gavin Allwright, Secretary of the International Windship Association (IWSA), mentions that industry has realized wind propulsion is a realistic choice for a more sustainable future and refers to the existing wind assisted marine projects. Although the viability of these installations is starting to be proved, there are still barriers for the industry to overcome with perception being on top of these. Nonetheless, the industry is setting the ground to adopt more wind propulsion installations; namely the aim of IWSA since its foundation in 2014 has been toward that end. After explaining how industry can embrace decarbonisation, Mr Allwright concludes that we need to change mindset and think about the long term. In this context, industry should advocate for clear regulatory framework, new technologies, alternative fuel development and a more standardized circular economy approach.”

We are delighted to welcome a new set of members and registered supporters and we look forward to working with you to deliver sustainable wind propulsion shipping solutions.

Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport [MCST] (Marshall Islands) – new Member
Reminder – SAVE the DATE (MCST Transport Form) – Save the Date Transport Forum Flyer_2 July1 (2)

Go Sail Cargo (Australia) – new Associate Member

Schormanns Maritima (Germany) – upgrade to Associate Member

Oceanfoil (UK) – new member webpage uploaded
A warm welcome to the following new IWSA registered supporters:
Capt.Raghuraman Kesavan (India)
Mr. Epaminondas Banos, Chemical & Environmental Engineer (Greece)
Baptiste Labat – Nautilabs/Project Robokite (France)

Volunteer Opportunity – Refitting Sail Cargo Vessel

The SV Lo Entropy, a purpose built steel sailing cargo vessel with 50 tonne cargo capacity and berths for 12 passengers is undergoing a refit in Hundested, not far from Copenhagen, Denmark and Geoff, the captain is eager to crack on and get the work completed in time for an inaugural voyage through the Baltic and North Sea as early next year as possible. There is still a lot of work to do, and volunteers are welcome over the next couple of months to help move the project forward.
If you have carpentry, mechanical, metal fabrication or other relevant skills and would like to spend a few days or weeks working alongside Geoff, then you will be most welcome. Basic accomodation will be provided aboard the boat and as a thank you volunteers will also be offered a berth on one of inaugural voyage legs next year – if you are interested please contact Geoff on

July 2018

14-15 August – World Maritime University – 2-day seminar as part of Sustainability Project Development Seminar Series– preparing students to develop maritime sustainable develop projects on return to their respective countries. [Education Program]

Pays de la Loire Region – IWSA & Ambition Maritime Regionale Strategy Document.

Pays de la Loire region in western France mentioned IWSA within its strategical document for maritime ambition. The recently initiated local IWSA Europe Atlantic hub participated in the definition of this document through the Assemblée Régionale Mer et Littoral This demonstrates regional ambition to push forward maritime innovation as well as the quick integration of the local IWSA hub within French maritime industry landscape.
A network of such IWSA hubs is being developed in several European regions, linking together local stakeholders at a broader scale and we will be extending this network overseas as capacity and resources become available.

IWSA Quarterly Newsletter – if you would like a copy of the newsletter please contact send your contact details to

Upcoming Shipping Conferences [IWSA Official Supporting Organisation]
SeptemberShipping2030 Asia – co-located with Global Liner Asia, Shanghai, China
October – Green Cruise & Green Ports Conference, Valencia, Spain America
NovemberMotorships – Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference – Hamburg, Germany
Shipping 2030 Middle East- co-lcoated with Global Liner Middle East, and Shiptech, Dubai, UAE
-GST North America – co-located with Shipping2030 North America, New York, USA
Further details will follow shortly – IWSA members & registered supporters will receive special ticket discounts. – for more information contact

SAVE the DATE – Pacific Islands Transport Forum & Expo 6-11 Nov
The Pacific has urged the world to take urgent action on climate change. Now is the time to agree a plan for how we decarbonize at home. Hosted by the Governments of Fiji and the Marshall Islands and The University of the South Pacific, the Ministerial Forum (8-10 Nov) & Expo (6-11 Nov) seek to:

  • Prioritise transport decarbonisation as key to climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Showcase the latest science and technology available
  • Set clear pathways for national action plans under a coordinated regional transition programme
  • Bring together stakeholders and actors from the village to the global, from governments, industry, civil society and academies

All those with interest in this critical sector, please register your interest in attending and being part of the solution. A full programme and call for posters and sponsors will follow shortly. Download Flyer – Save the Date Transport Forum Flyer_2 July1 (2)
Micronesia Centre for Sustainable Transport

June 2018

Interreg North Sea Region Project Proposal – Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion, (WASP)
Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion, (WASP) experiments have potential to reduce fuel consumption with 5 to 25% and is an potentially emerging after sales market. Some experiments are running and start-ups are in preparation. For a market adoption third party validation and proven concepts are needed to enable a viable business. The WASP’s project aims at connecting new and existing WASP real life trials, creating more credible data and preconditions leading to a market penetration of WASP solutions, thus greening NSR economy. (Quick win is possible, WASP’s can be installed on existing vessels in operation). WASP Framework NSR
If you are interested to engage with this project, please contact Robbert van Hasselt r.v.hasselt(at)

21 JuneNew IWSA Membership & Registered Supporters – IWSA is very pleased to welcome a new set of members and registered supporters. We look forward to working together to bring commercial wind propulsions solutions to the market.

Oceanfoil (UK) – Full Member

Peutz BV (Netherlands) – Associate Member

The Windschip Project (Netherlands) – Associate Member (Upgrade)

Verna Inventions (France) – Registered Supporter

Professor Michele Acciaro, Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics at Kühne Logistics University [KLU] (Germany) – Registered Supporter

18 June – Article – Wind propulsion gathers momentum as installations prove successful (The Naval Architect: June 2018)
‘Within the last decade, wind propulsion technologies intended for maritime applications have undergone a period of development and testing that has culminated in a handful of installations on board commercial vessels. Whilst most innovations in shipping follow this path, such progress is unexpected in the case of wind propulsion given the long- standing (and somewhat ironic) tendency to see modern maritime wind propulsion technologies as futurist imaginings: interesting to engineers but with little practical or economic benefit.
Wind’s change in fortune has been spurred primarily by the growing pressure on the shipping industry to reduce emissions, which has become a regulatory issue following the IMO’s agreement of its initial GHG strategy, requiring a 50% reduction of CO2 emissions (compared to 2008 levels) by 2050. As interest in hybrid solutions to meet the emissions challenge has grown, wind has continued to gain legitimacy, particularly as a primary renewable that is free at the point of use, faces no bunkering issues, and does not need to be ‘generated’ as electricity, hydrogen, and biogas do.’

13 June – Article – Growing interest in wind-power to help shipping achieve CO₂ emission targets (IHS Fairplay)
” ….the potential importance of wind propulsion as part of the solution for achieving the IMO’s GHG emission goals is underscored by the findings of a number of recent research papers setting out future fuel options for shipping.

Recent Shipping Reports (Wind propulsion uptake & potential)
“Assessment of selected alternative fuels and technologies” DNV GL
“Decarbonising Maritime Transport by 2035” International Transport Forum (ITF)
“Zero Emission Vessels: What needs to be done?” Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI)
“Study on the analysis of market potentials and market barriers for wind propulsion technologies for ships” EU DG Climate Action (CE Delft, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, Fraunhofer ISI, and Chalmers University of Technology.)

IWSA Linkedin Group
Interested in the latest developments in wind propulsion? Would like to join the conversation? Come and join the IWSA linkedin group – over 370 members to date, leading experts in the field, project leaders and key members of the shipping industry.

26-27 June – MTCC-Caribbean 3rd National Workshop (1st Southern Sub-regional), Trinidad and Tobago
IWSA Secretary will make a presentation on the development of wind propulsion and the potential for fuel savings in the fleet, along with small vessel developments and projects. MTCC Caribbean is one of the five Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres established and funded by the EU and implemented by the IMO. IWSA is supporting the development of these centres as a member of the Global MTCC Network (GMN) stakeholder advisory committee at the IMO.

31st May – 18 June – Eco-Flettner Installation – Follow Daily Updates
Congratulations to the Eco-Flettner team on moving forward with the installation on the MV Fehn Pollux, you can follow the daily progress on the MARIKO website

08 June: Article: Cheap oil killed sailing ships. Now they’re back and totally tubular
In the increasingly desperate search for cheap, clean, sea power, one company has turned to a 100-year-old invention: a sail… that looks like a tube

05 June – New IWSA Membership & Registered Supporters – IWSA is very pleased to welcome the latest set of members and registered supporters. We look forward to working together to bring commercial wind propulsion to the market.

Anemoi Marine Technologies (UK) – Full Member

Hamburg School of Business Administration [HSBA] (Germany) – Upgraded to Associate Member

Pacific Island Development Forum [PIDF] (Fiji) – Registered Supporter

Peter Mollema, Strategy Advisor Port of Rotterdam Authority (Netherlands) – Registered Supporter

Bosgraaf Yacht Design (Netherlands) – Registered Supporter

03 June – Congratulatons to the team at EcoFlettner and MARIKO working on the first installation of the EcoFlettner on the 4,200dwt general cargo vessel, MV Fehn Pollux. Looking forward to posting more information on the installation and the project progress as she undergoes seatrials.

Natural Propulsion Seminar & IWSA AGM

A big thank you to everyone that attended our Annual General Meeting at STC in Rotterdam and the AGM report and minutes will be shared with members and registered supporters by the end of the week. Also a big thank you to all of the presenters (including our members Norsepower, STX France, Wind + Wing, eConowind, Daviesdo Design, TankerProa, VPLP, TU Delft & MARIN) and attendees at the Natural Propulsion Seminar too. Also a big thank you goes out to STC and the City of Rotterdam for hosting the conference as well as the team from MARIN that made everything possible.
As always, the NPS and IWSA AGM were a great opportunity to network, catch up with projects and hear about the latest developments and I look forward to next year’s event.

May 2018

PRESS RELEASE – Press Release – Natural Propulsion Seminar 30May2018
30th May – Natural Propulsion Seminar, hosted by City of Rotterdam & STC. Organised by MARIN in cooperation with IWSA. IWSA Secretary will chair the seminar again this year – final call to register for this event – Free of Charge
Great line up of speakers includes:

  • Installation of Norsepower Rotor Sail on board Viking Grace, Norsepower, Finland
  • Zephir & Boree, Sail Shipping Company, CNIM, France
  • Innovative large sail technology for a new cruise experience, STX France, France
  • Wind+Wing developments; scaling up, Wind+Wing Technologies, USA
  • Net Zero Sail Propulsion for Tankers with the TankerProa, Innovative Marine Technology, USA
  • The Tig Rig Retrofit Sail System, Dasivedo, Canada
  • Ventifoil developments, eConowind, the Netherlands
  • Development of global wind power industry, as inspiration for wind assistance on ships, World Wind Energy Association, Germany (Secretary General Stefan Gsänger)
  • BICEPS Network: shippers demand sustainable ocean shipping, FrieslandCampina Corporate Procurement, the Netherlands
  • Has hydrogen potential to be used as a marine fuel?, CMB, Belgium
  • Sustainability and wind assistance in shipping at the TU Delft, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • Systematic variation of wind assisted ship designs, MARIN, The Netherlands

29 May – IWSA Annual General Meeting, Rotterdam
Looking forward to meeting IWSA members and supporters for a day of discussion, strategy and sharing a vision of a sustainable, wind powered future for shipping. Contact if you would like to attend.


16 May – Norsepower wins prestigious WWF 2018 Climate Solver Award

Norsepower Oy Ltd., the leading provider of low-maintenance, software operated, and data verified auxiliary wind propulsion systems, today announced that it is one of just five recipients of the 2018 WWF Climate Solver Nordic Award. The company is the only shipping industry organisation among this year’s five Climate Solver honourees from Nordic countries, who were recognised for their innovative technologies that have the potential to dramatically reduce carbon emissions or increase access to energy around the globe.
Press Release (English) e54153_539fd68b1a2246eca567ce11895fe865
Press Release (Finnish) e54153_6958ee8d7875445ba72e5e2a0ac24672

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15 May – IMO 70 Forum – IWSA Secretary attending IMO 70 year forum, discussion panels on the role and vision for the IMO at 70 years and the upcoming challenges. IWSA Member, Diane Gilpin, CEO of the Smart Green Shipping Alliance on the panel of experts.
IWSA looks forward to contributing to IMO MEPC and other GHG deliberations and will work with the industry on developing the tool box of wind propulsion solutions as a key component in the decarbonisation of the shipping industry. We will also continue to engage the shipping industry, regulators an the wider supply/logistics chain in creating a profitable, truly sustainable shipping fleet that is fit for purpose in the 21st Century.


15 May – Education Program – IWSA Presentation & Discussion with post graduate students from Hamburg School of Business Administation.

08 May – World Wind Energy Association AGM – IWSA Secretary General was warmly welcomed to the WWEA Annual General Meeting, WWEA represents hundreds of organisations around the world promoting wind energy and IWSA will be collaborating closely with the WWEA on developing and scaling the commercial wind propulsion in shipping sector. We look forward to welcoming WWEA Secretary general Stefan Gsanger to our AGM on 29th May in Rotterdam.

April 2018

25 April – IWSA Secretary General joined the Advisory Board for the Vessel Technology Assessment System (VTAS) project, being delivered by BMT, ETI & partners. We look forward to further discussing the pipeline of wind propulsion technologies and projects and the project to the IWSA network in the future. www.fuelefficient


19 April – RINA presentation at Newcastle University (UK) – IWSA secretary presenting and discussing developments in commercial wind propulsion with RINA chapter in NE England. Specific focus on recent Flettner rotor and Rotor sail installations along with pipeline of projects and innovations in other technology streams.


12-14 April – Sail Cargo Meeting in Port of Ostende – IWSA working with EU Intereg Dual Ports project Sail Cargo Network and the Sail Cargo Alliance to develop a North Sea region sail cargo support network for small vessels, and lay the groundwork for scaling and replicating the network around Europe.

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11 April – MEPC72 Press Release – IWSA – Wind Propulsion is an Essential Tool in Shipping’s Decarbonisation Efforts says the International Windship Association
TheInternational Windship Association and our members supporting the call for urgent and ambitious decarbonisation of the industry. MEPC 72 – IWSA press release – For Immediate Release

Announcement – World’s 1st Ferry Fitted with Wind-Powered Rotor Sail – Viking Line’s passenger ship M/S Viking Grace has been fitted with a Norsepower rotor sail for the utilization of wind power, becoming the world’s first passenger ship to feature the technology which will cut fuel consumption and reduce emissions by up to 900 tonnes annually.

Announcement – STX France (New IWSA member) has launched a carbon-free cruise design that uses wind as the main source of propulsion power,stx-france-launches-firstofitskind-carbonfree-cruise-concept_51059.htm

Announcement of New IWSA Members, Associate Members and Registered Supporters.

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STX France – IWSA Member

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Econowind BV
IWSA Member

Dasivedo Design Ltd – New Member

Blue Technology IWSA Member (New Website)
Thordon Bearings – IWSA Associate Member

Arista Shipping – IWSA Registered Supporter

12 April – Global MTCC Network event and meetings at the IMO. IWSA is working with the 5 centres to provide information on wind-assist and primary wind propulsion technologies and we are looking forward to further developing those ties.

09-13 April – IMO MEPC72 – IWSA Secretary attending MEPC 72 delibrations on substantial and urgent CO2 emission reductions. IWSA is supporting ambitious targets and wind propulsion provides an important part of the toolbox of technology that can decarbonise the sector.

March 2018

23 March – WMU seminar given by IWSA Secretary on wind propulsion and sustainability in shipping along with ITM power on Hydrogen. Thanks to students and staff for an interesting and stimulating discussion among students/lecturuers from China, Iran, Myanmar, Panama, Japan, Turkey, Nigeria, Indonesia, Uganda, Gambia and Italy

GST & Shipping2030 Europe20-23 March 2018, Copenhagen
Presentations and panel discussions on wind propulsion and maritime renewable energy throughout this year’s event. Norsepower, Blue Technology, Smart Green Shipping Alliance, Fair Winds Trust, Propelwind, Wind+Wing and the IWSA Secretary General.

14 March – The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) – Shipping Emissions Position Paper – Press Release

Position Available: Application deadline 01 April
Director, Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport – The University Of The South Pacific, Marshall Islands USP Campus
The development of sustainable forms of sea transport are vital to the region’s development and also a significant asset for Pacific island nations. However, emissions from current forms of sea transport are significant in contributing to climate change. The Micronesian Centre for Sustainable has been established by The University of the South Pacific in partnership with the government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands with the aim undertaking research on forms of sustainable sea transport. The University of the South Pacific (USP) supported by 12 Pacific Island Countries has a strong commitment to advance marine science, climate change research and Pacific studies. USP have a long record of working together in the ocean field, through several large-scale research and education programmes supported by the European Union and the Research Council of Norway, and through the exchange of researchers and students.
Requirements: A relevant PhD; Extensive knowledge of transport and linkages to climate change;
Evidenced experience in independent scientific research leading to successful outcomes.
Apply at:

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20th March – IWSA Strategy Meeting – Copenhagen – Executive committee meeting will be held in Copenhagen in advance of the larger IWSA meeting/AGM to be held this year on 29th May at Blueweek, in the Port of Rotterdam

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19 March – Sail Cargo Event – Copenhagen
Captain Geoff Bourne is currently refitting his sail cargo vessel, the SV Lo Entropy in Hundestad, Denmark with the intention of operating her in the Baltic later this year onwards – carrying 36 tons of cargo and up to 8 passengers.
In preparation for that there will be an event introducing the project to cargo owners, freight forwarders, prospective investors etc.. Geoff, a veteran sail cargo captain in the Caribbean and East Africa, will be holding the short event on Monday, 19th March 2018, from approximately 1800-2000 in Copenhagen (exact location tbc) – he will introduce the vessel and his company plans, and IWSA secretary will talk about developments in wind propulsion and more specifically the support of the EU Intereg IV Dual Port Project – Sail Cargo Network (SCN) project that his operations will form a part of going forward.
Contact me if you are interested to attend, enjoy a glass or two of wine and talk about low carbon, sail cargo operations that are competitive with road transport and by far less environmentally damaging.
06-07 March – Green4Sea Presentation & Awards Ceremony – IWSA Secretary will prsent an overview of wind propulsion developments at the Green4Sea conference in Pireaus, Greece on 7th March followed by a panel discussion on propulsion alternatives for the future. This follows the Award ceremony on 6th March, where the Ambition 1.5C event is shortlisted for the Initiative of the Year Award – thank you all for voting.

February 2018

GST & Shipping2030 Europe20-23 March 2018, Copenhagen
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Join over 450 industry experts to discuss the latest in global regulations, digital trends, technology innovations, business risk and sustainable shipping. Key topics include 2020 Sulphur Cap, green ship design, hybrid & electric technology, cyber security & risk, data analytics, digital supply chain, vessel tracking, greener & smarter ports and vessels, technology integration & much more!
Download full event agenda:
Already confirmed speakers include:

  • BIMCO, Deputy Secretary General, Lars Pedersen
  • Danish Maritime Authority, Director, Per Sønderstrup
  • Danish Shipping, Head of Technical Affairs, Per Winther Christensen
  • Hapag-Lloyd AG, Director, Environmental Fleet Management, Wolfram Guntermann
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Vice President – Global Head of Environment, Roger Strevens
  • Danish Maritime, Deputy Director, Michael Prehn
  • UK Marine Alliance, Chairman, James Fanshawe CBE
  • Scandlines, SVP Route Management & Operations, Michael Petersen

Download full event agenda to explore what you will learn about and to view the latest speaker line-up:
If you have any questions about the event, contact or +44 (0) 20 7017 5511.
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Welcome Aboard to New IWSA Members & Registered Supporters
Detlev Löll Ingenieurbüro GmbH (Germany) – Member
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Finocean (Finland) – Associate Member
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Energy Tactics (Netherlands) – Supporter
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Britannia Sailing Trust (UK) – Supporter
Finn Volger – Engineer, Caterpillar (Germany) – Supporter

January 2018

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15 January – 3rd IWSA Europe Atlantique group meeting – excellent presentations from the Nantes Saint Nazaire Port, Avel Vor, Neoline and Zéphyr & Borée along with further discussions on the development of the wind propulsion hub and nominations for the steering committee.

Green Ship Technology (GST) 2018 – 20-23 March, Tivoli Congress Centre, Copenhagen
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A number of IWSA members will be presenting or on panel discussions during the event. More information and the GST 2018 agenda is available for download from

Ambition 1_5oC - Global Shipping's Action Plan Summit
Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan – Shortlisted for Initiative of the Year at Green4Sea 2018
Pleased to announce that the Ambition 1.5oC: Global Shipping’s Action Plan summit, held in Bonn on 13 Nov, 2017, has been shortlisted for the Green4Sea Initiative Award 2018. IWSA was instrumental in co-ordinating this important event along with other co-organisers, LR, MAN Diesel Turbo, MARIKO, Rightship, Danish Shipping and Green Ship of the Future, supported by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI 2040), Carbon War Room and UMAS.
The winner of this award is decided through public vote and so please take a minute to register your vote.

CMA 2018 – 12-14 March, 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut
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The CMA program this year focuses on the critical commercial demands of the industry from finance to disruptive business practices along with vital human and environmental elements so critical to profits and illustrative of the values vital to best practices.
This CMA is dedicated to providing the shipping community with insight into what is happening, access to the people and tools that are transforming the industry and the confidence to take action. There is current business intelligence from subject matter experts for every part of the industry.
Visit the following web-link to learn more and review the developing conference agenda:
As one of the official CMA 2018 supporters, IWSA members and registered supporters are eligible for a VIP pass to attend the event on a limited timeslot basis, if you would like to receive that pass or attend for the whole event, please contact IWSA Secretary for further discount details and for further event information visit the CMA 2018 website

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IWSA AGM planned for either late February or March. Please submit your proposals for the IWSA strategy review, joint project proposals and other discussion points to

Location and date/time to be confirmed – all IWSA members and supporters welcome!

Blueweek 2018 – (including Natural Propulsion Seminar – 29 May) – 28-30 May, 2018 STC Lloydstraat 300, 3024 EA Rotterdam
If you wish to get involved and participate (though presentation of projects, proposal for new JIP or EU initiatives) in any of the below areas then complete and submit the proposal form.

  1. Natural Propulsion for the shipping industry (wind, solar, water)
  2. Natural Solutions (Nature inspired solutions)
  3. Ocean Energy (tidal, waves, biomass, floating wind, floating solar)
  4. Blue Life (use of the ocean for farming, protection ocean life

BlueWeek 2018 Rotterdam is naturally powered by STC Group, the City of Rotterdam and MARIN
General information page:
Specific information for speakers:
Proposal form:

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