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Decade of Wind Propulsion
International Windship Association and it’s 150+ members have declared the period 2021-2030 as the “Decade of Wind Propulsion”, a decade of delivering wind propulsion installations, optimising the technology solutions and helping to facilitate a quicker, deeper and ultimately cheaper transition to a fully decarbonised fleet. Press Release – Driving the Decade of Wind Propulsion
Open Letter – A Level Playing Field Needed in Shipping Decarbonisation
Over 90 maritime companies, shipowners, designers and technology providers all involved with wind propulsion have come together to release this open letter, calling for maritime industry decision-makers and the shipping community to fully assess and utilise all available power solutions that deliver the necessary deep/swift cuts in carbon emissions over the next decade commensurate with responding to the climate emergency. To that end, readily available and proven direct wind solutions must be integrated at the heart of decarbonisation deliberations, which is currently not the case.
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19 September – Last Opportunity to Register for the 3rd Maritime Transport Efficiency Conference to be held in Geneva, 26-27 September. Our Secretary General will be presenting an update of wind propulsion and the opportunities this presents for decarbonising the shipping industry. IWSA is an official supporter of the conference – IWSA members can receive a 20% discount using the code ‘IWSA22’ – Register here
18 September – Employment Opportunities
SSPA – Senior Naval Architect with focus on Wind Powered Ships
Are you interested in developing a sustainable future? Do you want to work with exciting maritime projects? This is a unique opportunity to work together with researchers and experts at the international forefront of wind-assisted propulsion. SSPA/RISE are currently expanding our services for wind propulsion of ships and we are now looking for a new colleague with high competence within ship design and interests in the future of sustainable shipping. More details…
Computed Wing Sail (CWS) is currently recruiting and has 4 open positions:
– Composite engineer
– Industrial buyer
– Quality Engineer
– Mechatronics Engineer
13 September – Interview – IWSA Secretary general featured in last week’s AL Ahram Al Ektesadi (Ahram Economist) weekly talking about our favourite topic; wind propulsion, but also the message to COP27 to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November. That message is one of looking towards the lower hanging fruit of harnessing direct renewable energy coupled with operational changes and energy efficiency measures. This combination on Land and Sea will take us far down the decarbonisation route and those savings could effectively pay for the costs of rolling out the renewable energy generation infrastructure and storage we need to complete the job.
12 September – A Successful SMM Conference – we were delighted to be part of this event with 27 members exhibiting, 50+ attending and 8 presentations focused on wind propulsion developments. The welcoming ceremony on the Monday 5th included a theatre piece featuring wind-assist. Also great to see the backdrop of the GMEC conference was a wind propulsion one on the 7th and we made it onto the front page of SMM bulletin on the 8th. Read more – SMMDailyDay3
11 September – Upcoming Wind Propulsion Events
If you are interested in wind propulsion developments and want to get an update on the progress, discuss the issues and meet some of the leading projects involved then here are two key events to join
On 26 September at the 3rd Maritime Transport Efficiency Conference, Geneva our Secretary General will be presenting an update of wind propulsion and the opportunities this presents for decarbonising the shipping industry. IWSA is an official supporter of the conference – IWSA members can receive a 20% discount using the code ‘IWSA22’. Register here
On 27 September we will have a wind propulsion focused session at Sea Tech Week 2022, Brest Expo, France. There will be presentations from IWSA members, Brittany region etc. Organised by Technopôle Brest-Iroise in the framework of the Campus mondial de la mer, and supported by Brest metropole city council, Brittany Region and European Union (ERDF). More Details
06 September – Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and DNV have signed an MOU to establish wind-assistance propulsion systems including rotor sails. Read more…
04 September – Very pleased to announce a new registered supporter, Syroco, a Marseille-based startup that develops a digital twin platform to optimise the energy efficiency of ships.
Syroco EfficientShip simulates accurately the behaviour of the ship on specific routes and conditions. It enables use cases that include: wind assistance efficiency prediction, fuel calculation, carbon emissions reduction, and even container loss prevention.
Join over 25 IWSA members at 6-9 September – SMM 2022, Hamburg, Germany, 6-9 September
IWSA is an official supporting organisation
Many IWSA members will have booths and attending this year’s event and a ‘wind route’ guide will be released in advance of the event to help you navigate those. Download: Wind Propulsion Route at SMM2022
04 September – Additional Upcoming Event at SMM
Peace Boat on the Cruise & Ferry Stage in Hall B5 on Thursday, 08 September from 11:00 – 12:00.
“Peace Boat’s Ecoship – towards a zero emissions cruise ship”
Peace Boat’s Ecoship is a transformational programme by Japan’s largest cruise organization to build the world’s most sustainable cruise ship. This session will introduce the project’s progress, including the presentation of new visuals on the project. In exploring perspectives on Peace Boat’s ambition to go further towards a fully zero emission large cruise vessel, IWSA (The International Windship Association) will look at the potential for large-scale wind-powered passenger vessels. Event Details
02 September – Listening to the Wind Interview – Vaisala
Mikko Nikkanen & Timo Kerola from Vaisala sit down with our Secretary General, Gavin Allwright for this latest interview, talking wind measurement and sensing technologies supporting the development, usage and optimization of wind propulsion systems.
02 September – Climate-neutral Sail Cargo Vessel for the Marshall Islands
As part of an international climate protection project with the participation of the Hochschule Emden/Leer, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH has commissioned the construction of a new island supplier with sail propulsion for a largely climate-neutral ship operation. The construction contract was concluded with the ship design office Kostec Co. Ltd. and the shipyard SHIPBUILDING ASIA LTD in Korea. The new building, which is around 48 metres long, will have a load capacity of around 290 tdw (tons dead weight) with a measurement of around 460 GT (gross tonnage). In addition to the transport task, the ship will also be used for seafaring training. For this purpose, accommodation for six trainees is planned, who are to be trained in particular for environmentally friendly and climate-friendly ship operation.
The sail area of the three-master will be around 500 square meters. The power supply for the auxiliary operation is also to be provided by renewable energy via photovoltaics, small wind turbines and a shaft generator. A small diesel engine will be used for manoeuvring and driving in unfavorable wind conditions. In the future, a switch to coconut-based biodiesel should be possible.
The further project plan envisages the laying of the keel in March 2023 and the delivery including an intensive testing and training programme for autumn 2023. Read more…
Small island developing states (SIDS) are often at the nexus of the climate, energy, food and water security, logistics and economic crisis that currently blight our world. In these cases, especially those in the Pacific, primary wind powered vessel also find a natural niche at that nexus too:
(i) Climate – these countries contribute virtually no GHGs, but are heavily impacted. Thus having a resilient, independent and low cost heavy lift capability is vital. Direct use of wind power is lowered impact still. (ii) Energy – liquid energy for shipping is hugely expensive as SIDS are often at the ends of supply chains and must pay using hard currency, with purchasing power parity many times higher than developed countries. Not so for abundant, zero cost direct wind power. (iii) Logistics – when shipping is not available, their is no fuel or spare parts need to be flown in then interisland travel grounds to a halt. Wind is a simple and elegant way to keep things moving that can be repaired and maintained locally.
(iv) Economics – Long distances, low population density, low trade volumes, high and volatile energy prices are all a toxic mix for making a resilient regional shipping network. Wind is a key factor for unlocking that conundrum. (v) Food and Water Security – anchored in all of these issues, having ships that aren’t fuel thirsty release funds for development of these basic needs, helps provide a stable trading network enabling farmers and local authorities invest more with the knowledge that value added surplus can be traded are all key to improved security.
Also creates beneficial cycles around opportunity/aspiration, revitalising regional shipyards , jobs, seafarer training and much more. Wind propulsion provides an important element in levelling the playing field.
02 September – Article: How to balance trade-offs when decarbonising the shipping industry
Christiaan De Beukelaer states: “The most promising technological improvement to ships is to harness the wind aboard ships for direct (assistance with) propulsion. Retrofitting existing (and designing new) ships to embrace the millennia-old technology that never required burning fossil fuels should a top priority.”
Looking forward to the book release in January! Read more…
02 September: Tradewinds Article: Berge Bulk wants ‘to get hands dirty’ testing various wind sails on its ships – Singapore-based bulker owner next year will install WindWings sails developed by BAR Technologies and rotor sails built by Anemoi Marine Technologies
Great to see that Berge Bulk is committed to installing numerous types of wind propulsion system and this is a major contribution to the further development of these wind-assist technologies. We look forward to seeing further demonstrator vessels and meeting the team there during our Asia tour in November. Read more…
01 September – Maritime Press (Kaiji Press) – Interview with IWSA Secretary General
For our Japanese members and speakers, please find the latest interview with our Secretary General, Gavin Allwright attached. He discusses the surging interest in wind propulsion solutions and the interview goes alongside a list of installations made to date, which is likely to double within the next 12 months.
The pdf was supplied courtesy of Maritime Press (Kaiji Press) Download here (Japanese)
01 September – Brittany Region – Wind Propulsion Report
Here is the comprehensive overview of Wind Propulsion for Shipping developments in Brittany, France. It maps out a growing network of projects, companies and initiatives in the field. The report can also be downloaded or read online.
As Bretagne Développement Innovation states: “the “wind propulsion of ships” sector relies on the expertise of naval, nautical and competitive sailing companies. It meets several objectives: the need to design and develop new technological solutions in propulsion modes to meet the strategy adopted in 2018 by the International Maritime Organisation, the desire of the Brittany Region to include the territory in the ecological transition through the Breizh Cop, its “low-carbon mobility” roadmap and the regional research and innovation strategy. “
If you would like to get further insights and meet some of the key players in the region, join us in Brest on 27 September for the dedicated Wind Propulsion session of Sea Tech Week®
01 September – Hoisting the Sail Podcast
In this new episode, our guest, Benoit BAISLE DAILLIEZ, initiative leader for WISAMO by Michelin, explains how the giant tires manufacturer came to develop a solution suitable to any vessels, and more particularly cargo ships (new or existing). Listen here
31 August – Press Release – Technology solutions that enable cargo ship operators to harness the power of the wind as a renewable energy source will have a larger footprint than ever before at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg next week. A status welcomed by the International Windship Association. Read more…
30 August – TOWT announces second vessel build – Congratulations to the TOWT team on placing their second order of their 80m, 1,100 dwt primary wind general cargo vessel design. Another big step forward for the company and for the case for wind powered trading vessels – bravo! Read more…
29 August – Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd has acquired design approval for its Hi-Rotor, in-house designed rotor sail system from the Korean Register. The Hi-Rotor is said to use a reduction gear method to connect the motor with the rotor. Read more…
28 August – Wind propulsion makes it on to CNBC, which highlights some of the current technologies and developments, but it also widens the show to ‘Wind Energy’ in general, which will also provide much of the green renewable energy required for alternative fuels and batteries – a wind driven future for shipping! Read more…
27 August – Small Scale Sail Freight Conference (05 November, USA)
The Hudson River Maritime Museum, The Schooner Apollonia, and The Center For Post Carbon Logistics will be hosting a conference on small scale sail freight on inland and coastal waters on 5 November 2022 at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. This conference will address the practical challenges of current inland and coastal sail freight projects, and then move into a discussion of next steps for promoting and expanding the use of sail freight in the Hudson Valley and New England. Featuring speakers from around the world as well as the Hudson River Valley, the goal of the conference is to increase awareness and education about current and future small-scale sail freight projects and overcoming the challenges to their implementation.
Presentations are grouped into two sessions, with each set of speakers followed by a discussion panel
Session 1: Practicalities
– Finding Cargo For Sail Freight.
– Zero Carbon First & Last Mile Transportation.
– Docking, Cargo Handling & Engine Use: Practical Challenges for the small Sail Freighter.
– Rondout Riverport 2040, A Small Ports Toolkit For A Carbon Constrained Future.
Session 2: Next Steps
– Ship Shares, Patient Venture Capital Investment, and Community Supported Shipping (CSS)
– Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Opportunities Within A Reemerging Industry.
– Scaling Sail Freight: An Open Access Model For Climate Crisis Response.
Final Schedule and Registration Details will be published in Late August 2022.
Registration is $50 for Non-Members, $45 for Members.
This conference will be held in person at the Hudson River Maritime Museum.
Sponsored in part by the Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
26 August: Article featuring Wind Propulsion: US Global Investors
US Global Investors, investor alert states among other things: “As for shipping, wind propulsion is being touted as the “most impactful emissions reduction technology.” Today, 21 large ocean-going vessels already have wind-assist systems installed, according to the International Windship Association (IWSA), and by the end of 2023, this number could jump to nearly 50. Some of the biggest names in maritime shipping are involved in investing millions of dollars into wind propulsion technology, including Cargill, Maersk and Mitsui. The IWSA calls the 2020s the “Decade of Wind Propulsion.”
We of course agree with this statement, as we agreed with Bloomberg the day before, all building on the Economist and Financial Times articles in January that placed wind propulsion as a ‘surging’ technology sector and ‘one to watch’ for 2022 and beyond.
Abundant, globally available, pure clean zero-emissions energy, delivered free of charge to the point of use without the need for mining, refining, transporting, bunkering or storing – what’s not to like!
24 August – Bloomberg article highlights some key reasons why wind propulsion in commercial shipping is resurgent and being driven by pending regulation, the need to decarbonise quickly and the high fuel prices today and for the future zero-emissions fuels, that while vital too, will take decades to be widely available and affordable worldwide.
Njord, the green tech solution set up in 2019 by Cargill, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. & Maersk Tankers is currently screening 12 ships for wind power solutions, which can be combined with other tools to increase efficiency. “There are solutions that can be implemented now that the industry’s not embracing,” says Frederik Pind its managing director. “We can’t just wait for the new green fuels. We need to decarbonize now.” Read more…
24 August – Press release: Bolloré Logistics ́ has announced joining the Shippers’ Coalition for Low Carbon Maritime Transport, representing shippers whose goal is to encourage the industrial use of alternative propulsion solutions, such as wind-assisted propulsion.
“Through this membership, Bolloré Logistics is providing its support to solutions that use wind-assisted propulsion, which drastically reduces CO2 emissions. ” Read more…
23 August – Article: Harnessing wind power for shipping looks promising
Four International Windship Association members feature in this Singapore Business Times article, each with different technologies, at different development stages with BAR Technologies and Yara Marine Technologies, Smart Green Shipping and with SailLink at a different scale. Read more…
23 August – Press Release – Jiangnan Shipbuilding unveils smart sail design
As interest in wind propulsion surges, Jiangnan Shipbuilding (group) Co., Ltd. have launched their self-designed rigid sail system, the Jiangnan Smart Sail. Read more…
18 August – Washington Post Article –Three International Windship Association members, Oceanbird, AIRSEAS and SAILCARGO INC. are featured in this The Washington Post article, each coming from a different approach to wind propulsion. The common thread other than using wind on ships is that this energy source is a vital, viable, safe and abundantly available zero-emissions source that can be harnessed effectively using today’s technology basket. Read more…
18 August – Norsepower is delivering a Rotor Sail onboard two new vessels commissioned by Northern Lights JV and built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd. The vessels will be equipped with other clean tech solutions, such as air lubrication, in addition to Norsepower’s wind-assisted propulsion system. This use of complementary clean technology solutions will offer maximum impact, improving fuel savings while reducing associated costs and emissions. Read more…
17 August – Listening to the Wind Interview: Marcus Schormann, founder of Schormann Maritima, sits down with IWSA Secretary General Gavin Allwright, talking about the business he established in 1996 to develop alternative ships propulsion systems, mainly based on wind-for-propulsion via conventional sails. Watch here
16 August – Wind Propulsion Lead Article – Very pleased to see our Secretary General’s article featured in the inaugural edition of the The Maritime Economy Publications, there is a lot going on in the shipping decarbonisation world with alternative fuels in the limelight much of the time, however there is a strong urge of projects, newbuilds and retrofits featuring wind. I go into some of the drivers here, but the main one is the realisation that a pure, zero-emissions energy source that is delivered directly to the ship at the point of use for free, forever is one that shipping is uniquely placed to harvest and can do with technologies available today. Read more…
15 August – AYRO has received the “2022 TEM price” – Maritime Energy Transition rewarding the Oceanwings® tech and the Canopee project as the “best maritime energy transition solution and for AYRO’s significant contribution to the decarbonization of maritime transport.”
Congratulations to all of the team, and the real prize for shipping will be the increased recognition of your wind propulsion solution and the ramping up of future installations – BRAVO on all fronts!
10 August: Confirmation of the contract signed between Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. and Enviva for the building of a second bulker featuring the Wind Challenger rig. Congratulations to all involved and we are looking forward to further announcements in the coming months as the momentum continues to grow for wind propulsion. Read more…
10 August – BHP, Pan Pacific Copper and Norsepower partner to harness the power of wind-assisted propulsion
M/V Koryu, a combination carrier operated by Nippon Marine – a member of SENKO group (shares held by SENKO 60%, JX Nippon Mining & Metals 40%). BHP and PPC have multi-year agreements for delivery of copper concentrates from Chile to Japan as well as sulphuric acid from Japan to Chile, making the cargo capacity utilization of M/V Koryu (a 53,762 deadweight tonne combination carrier) one of the highest in the industry. scheduled for completion by the third quarter of 2023. Read more…
08 August – IWSA Asia Tour – “SAVE THE DATES”
IWSA will be organising a series of events, seminars and meetings throughout Asia in late October and November. Stops will include Singapore, Korea, Japan and China. We will be announcing further details in mid-September and both our Secretary general and our members in the region will be delighted to meet you in person there. If you would like to work with us to set up a meeting or event, then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
08 August – Announcement: New partnership advances wind propulsion for ships
Two maritime energy companies, GT Green Technologies and Pei Tech, have announced a new partnership to create technology-based solutions that combine the most promising developments in green propulsion, benefiting global shipping operations. Read more…
06 August – Using CFD to enhance the energy efficiency of new and existing commercial shipping vessels (Siemens)
Detailed CFD work being done by Cape Horn Engineering Ltd. for vessels with wind propulsion systems, this work is important as we move forward and optimise the systems and their deployment on such a varied fleet. Read more…
04 August Article: SKYTUG: Primary Wind Propulsion for All Ships
Full power wind propulsion will soon be available to existing ships. A bold and surprising statement, perhaps, but one which I believe to be true. SKYTUG, which is being developed by my company, Bluewater Engineering, is a wind propulsion concept with a novel twist – the sails aren’t attached to the ship. Read more…
Upcoming Event – 17-18 November – 11th Green Shiptech China Congress 2022, Shanghai
IWSA is an official supporter of this year’s congress and for more information on the conference agenda and registration download Agenda-Green Shiptech China Congress 2022
04 August – Joint Study Announcement – This joint study has just been announced relating to the application of wind propulsion on vessels and the optimisation of hull design. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. along with MOL Tech-Trade (MOLTT), Tokai University and Akishima Laboratories will look at applying aerospace engineering technologies to advance the earlier developed Ishin ship design and further cut emissions. Read more…
03 August – Presentation – IWSA Secretary General to present a paper on scaling wind propulsion solutions at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects “Scaling Decarbonisation Solutions Conference”– Reducing Emissions by 2030.’ conference in Rotterdam 29 Nov – 01 Dec this year.
What will be your scalable solution for this decade? The social demand for an environmentally conscious transition of sea trade is encouraging ship owners and regulators to take on this challenge with technical and operational solutions to meet the environmental goals.
To further investigate The Royal Institution of Naval Architects and Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping (MMMCZCS) have partnered to offer a conference that will provide a platform to discuss the scalability of current technologies and policies that will transform the shipping industry.
Wind Propulsion Scalability: Opportunities & Challenges
International Windship Association: Wind-assist are entering the market now and large primary wind vessels will soon be following. The pace of uptake is starting to accelerate, however what will a wind powered fleet look like and what are the challenges and opportunities as this is scaled. This paper will present an analysis of these areas, with primary data taken from the IWSA members survey and industry /policy makers questionnaire results. The paper will also focus on specific segments of fleet as case studies of the impact of incorporating wind and operational adjustments on decarbonisation, including speed, weather routing and the adoption of wind-centered green corridors.
03 August – AiP Granted for Suction Wing SW270 – Congratulations to the CRAIN team on receiving the AiP from Bureau Veritas Group for the Suction Wing SW270. Really looking forward to the commercial installation stages to come. Read more…
02 August **SAVE THE DATE** If you are coming to SMM in Hamburg (6-9 September) and you have time on Wednesday 7th September and would like to hear more about the WASP project, the wind-assist technologies installed, performance results and discuss how to scale the wind-assist technology segment further, please join us. The all day event will be free to join [just need to pay the small entry fee to SMM itself]
More details (agenda, room number) will be posted soon – see you there!!!
28 July – Project Announcement – Smart Green Shipping (SGS) – Three-year project backed by the Scottish Government and industry will develop and test fully automated, emission-reduction sail technology that can be retrofitted to merchant ships
Collaborative three-year R&D project brings together major industry players including Malin, Drax, Peel Ports and Lloyd’s Register
The wind technology project will deliver a demonstrator on a commercial ship by 2023
Smart Green Shipping’s FastRig automated sail technology is compatible with up to 40,000 ships currently operating in the merchant fleet and can deliver at least 20% fuel savings and associated GHG reductions
Lloyds Register has granted 1st stage Approval in Principle for FastRig technology
Smart Green Shipping (SGS) has today launched a £5m research and development project for its fully automated FastRigs wing sail technology and digital routing software that will harness the power of wind to deliver major fuel and emissions savings for the shipping industry. The collaborative three-year programme has been made possible by a £3.2m investment from the private sector, which unlocked a further £1.8m grant from Scottish Enterprise. Read more…
28 July – Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has announced the successful test deployment of a Metro Weather’s Doppler Lidar on the experimental yacht used as the first stage of their Wind Hunter Project
It successfully measured real-time and 3-D wind conditions within a 15km radius while underway. This compact unit gives a more accurate wind picture than satellite weather forecasts and once integrated could help optimise the operations of wind propulsion technologies. Read more…
25 July – Video from Vaisala on their Lidar technology and wind propulsion systems, helping to optimise installations and driving the sector forward. Wind assisted vessels: The future of cleaner shipping. Watch here
23 July – IWSA Newsletter Open Release
The IWSA Newsletter from May 2022 is now on open release. May 2022 Newsletter
If you would like to receive the newsletter directly when it is released (2 or 3 times a year) that is packed with news of installations, orders, project updates, new partnerships, upcoming events and policy news, then please send an email to email@example.com or sign up on our campaign site: www.decadeofwindpropulsion.org
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22 July – Zephyr & Boree designs chosen for new low emissions containerised lines.
Congratulations to our member Zéphyr & Borée on being chosen by this cargo coalition for these two containerised lines. Looking forward to seeing the project develop as we move towards 2025. Read more…
22 July – First Wind Challenger Rig installed in Japan
Congratulations to another of our Japan-based members, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. a key moment for all of the Windchallenger team with the installation onto this 99,000dwt bulker at the Oshima shipyard. We look forward to following the commissioning stage and future installations too.
20 July – Three additional Seawing kites ordered
IWSA members “K” line (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd) and Airseas for this additional order of three Seawing kites, which brings to five vessels to be outfitted with the automated system. We look forward to seeing these vessels in operation in the not too distant future. Read more…
19 July – Article: “Owners drawn to wind-assist technology amid high fuel prices: Wind technology is proving popular as a way of seeing tangible fuel savings and a cut in emissions now while zero-emission fuels are still being developed.”
This Lloyd’s List article focuses on the fact that shipowners are being increasingly drawn to wind propulsion technology amid high fuel prices. This level of engagement signals not just a short term upswing in interest in wind-assist technologies due to current fuel price pressure, but a sustained engagement for numerous shipowners with wind propulsion development and a move towards a basket of resilient solutions that can meet the decarbonisation challenge we are facing in this decade. Wind propulsion systems are fully compatible with whatever alternative fuels choices are made in the coming decades and hold the potential to shift the shipping industry into a pioneering decarbonisation position, with this free energy source actually covering those costs through fuel savings as we move forward. Read more…
16 July: Listening to the Wind Interview
In the latest instalment of “Listening to the Wind”. Ted Shergalis, Co-founder and COO of US-based Magnuss talks about their unique take on rotor technology, discusses market developments and opportunities along with drivers and barriers the rollout of wind propulsion technologies going forward. Watch here
14 July: Northern maritime sector wants to become a global player for ‘green’ ships
A Dutch-based consortium of 21 shipping companies, shipyards, suppliers, laboratories, colleges and led by Conoship International and the University of Groningen will receive an initial European subsidy of 1.4 million euros for the development of an initiative aiming to be at the forefront of the transition to large-scale zero-emissions shipping and digitized shipbuilding – including integration of wind propulsion, Econowind, batteries, alternative fuels etc. Read more…
13 July: Berge Bulk vessels to receive Anemoi Rotor Sails in its move towards a zero-emission fleet
Congratulations to the teams at ANEMOI and Berge Bulk for this further announcement of rollout of rotor sails across their fleet. Two ships, a 388,000 dwt Valemax ore carrier and a 210k dwt Newcastlemax bulker have been made ‘wind-ready’ during regular yard slots and each will receive 4 tilting rotor sail installations. Read more…
13 July – Emirates Global Aluminium, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha partner to decarbonise bulk cargo shipping
The partnership will involve the development and implementation of new marine decarbonisation technologies suitable for EGA’s bulk cargo shipping routes, including Airseas kite systems. Read more…
12 July: MOL Drybulk, Drax target reduced biomass shipping emissions with wind power tech
09 July: SSPA announce new Wind Propulsion Service
“In response to rapidly growing demand, SSPA expands its services in maritime wind propulsion and introduces the new business segment “Wind-Powered Ships”.
These are words we are always delighted to hear and we wish the highly competent team at SSPA all the best with this significant move. Read more…
29 June: Berge Bulk, BAR Technologies, and Yara Marine Technologies Announce New Installation Agreement
This agreement is to install four BARTech WindWings by Yara Marine Technologies (WindWings) onboard the 210 DWT bulk carrier Berge Olympus. Congratulations to Berge Bulk, BAR Technologies and Yara Marine Technologies on this agreement to install four rigs next year, a great announcement for all involved and another significant step forward for wind-assist propulsion. Read more…
29 June: Launch Announcement: Launching of the boat hull of the new ship Canopée specially designed to deliver the Ariane 6 rocket parts to Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. This took place in Stettin, Poland, where Canopée is currently being built by Alizés, and a joint venture between Jifmar Offshore Services and Zéphyr & Borée. The vessel was designed by VPLP and will be equipped with four wing sails from AYRO over the next few months: Watch Video
27 June: Knud E. Hansen joins project to design world’s Oceanbird wind-powered RoRo
Very good to see KNUD E. HANSEN bringing their expertise to the development of wind propulsion solutions in the Oceanbird project. Their detailed analysis of windship design in the early 2000’s was an important milestone for wind-assist potential and highlighted technical and business model areas needing attention at the time. Read more…
27 June – 01 July UN Ocean Conference
28 June: Side Event – Joining the dots between sustainable maritime logistics and planetary boundaries
We had a very frank and productive panel discussion at the UN Ocean Conference on the climate and ocean impacts of shipping and the solutions and pathways that we have available to engineer the change that we need to see in the industry. True costs of fuel and infrastructure, higher ambition, collaboration, protection and incentivisation of first movers, early adopters, just transition and so on.
The side event was attended by the RH, crown princess Victoria of Sweden, Ministers from Finland and Sweden, and other Distinguished Guests and contributors, we came to the conclusion that:
* The industry agrees that we need to act now
* Multiple enablers need to be put in place in combination
* Everybody needs to contribute with his/her share
* Put a price on carbon emission
* Establish COALITIONS of the DARING
* Question what, how, and why we ship
* Ensure that predictable regulative frameworks are established
This event was organized by the Governments of Finland and Sweden, Seas at Risk, Ocean Care, Clean Shipping Coalition, Clean Arctic Alliance together with the Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT) and Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and IWSA.
24 June: Announcement from Cargill in support of Wind Propulsion
“Cargill could retrofit five to 10 ships for wind but newbuilds are the ‘game-changer’.” Cargill Ocean Transportation president Jan Dieleman, who leads the shipping division of US commodities giant Cargill, pointed to even greater promise in using the technology in new buildings that have been optimised for wind power.
We would certainly agree that while we need to retrofit as many ships as possible to extend the carbon budget and bring down fuel/emissions quickly, when you are able to optimise all of the design aspects of the vessel in relation to maximising the wind potential then really significant gains can be made – a ‘game-changer’ indeed. Read more…
23 June: IMO-CARES Webinar
IWSA Secretary General presented at the International Maritime Organization IMO CARES project’s first workshop yesterday, hosted by the great team at MTTC Caribbean Vivian Rambarath-Parasram and Captain Sukhjit Singh AFNI. We discussed the R&D pipeline and the project development set up by Dr. Jose Matheickal’s hardworking team and the foundation stage is generously sponsored by RSA Eng. Essam M ALAMMARI. There was a swathe of excellent expert presentations from both fuel and non-fuel tech proponents and the project will help to convene and facilitate decarbonisation pilot and demonstrator projects in developing countries, something that aligns with many of International Windship Association members activities and important to ensure a fairer transition process going forward. We are looking forward to working together with the IMO CARES team and MTTCs to deliver on projects tailored for the regions and developed hand in hand with the communities and stakeholders they will be servicing and impacting. Read more…
22 June: EU ETS Vote in EU Parliament
A decisive vote on EU ETS and support for the adoption of the Ocean Fund, where 75% of revenue raised will go towards maritime decarbonisation efforts There is still some way to go in the negotiations, a few more road bumps are likely but forward momentum nonetheless. Read more…
21 June: First Deployment of BAR Tech WindWings
Cargill, Mitsubishi Corporation, BAR Technologies (BAR Tech) and Yara Marine Technologies (Yara Marine) announced Mitsubishi Corporation’s Pyxis Ocean as the first vessel to undergo installation and deployment of BAR Tech’s wind propulsion technology WindWings, delivered by industrialization partner Yara Marine. Read more…
14 June: Installation of Suction Wing System
Another installation of the eConowind ventifoil system on Vertom’s MV Anna, a 5,000dwt general cargo vessel. The twin 16m foils were installed in Rotterdam and this is the fourth ventifoil installed vessel.
13 June: Optiwise HORIZON Project launches with the aim to holistically improve design and control of commercial ships with wind propulsion.
The EU has granted funding for the Optiwise HORIZON Project, looking at how up to three different wind propulsion systems installed on a single ship could derive significant energy savings. Congratulations to the team and looking forward to helping disseminating the results!
Partners Partners working together in this MARIN coordinated project are Core IC, SSPA, AYRO, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Flikkema Innovation Management & Consultancy, Wärtsilä Netherlands, Università degli Studi di Genova, Euronav, Anemoi Marine (associated partner using British funding) and MARIN.
13-15 June Blue Week, SS Rotterdam
The annual Natural Propulsion seminar was held onboard the SS Rotterdam and as with past years this was a great opportunity to get insights into new wind propulsion projects and developments. The presentation links are available from: https://blueforum.org/restricted-content/
IWSA also held it’s quarterly members meeting on the Tuesday morning with over 30 members in attendance physically and the same number virtually. This was then followed by a WASP project workshop on finance and then many members broke into project groups or attended the zero-emissions shipping session. IWSA’s participation was capped with a presentation by Gavin Allwright, Secretary General during the joint forum on Wednesday, discussing alignments and collaboration across decarbonisation sectors.
8 June: UN OCEAN DAY
IWSA Secretary: There is need for all zero-emissions energy provision to vessels to be treated equally
The rising tide of renewable energy deployment needs to lift all ships, or more precisely ‘all energy sources’. The high tide of decarbonisation will be a huge challenge for the entire industry, thus it is critical to use every tool we have available, especially those that are deployable immediately, such as wind propulsion systems. Read more…
07 June: MEPC78 at International Maritime Organization starts today, sandwiched in between World Environment Day 2022 yesterday with the theme of ‘Only One Earth’ and World Oceans Day, on the 8th June, with the theme of ‘Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean’. While these slogans can often be dismissed as platitudes, I think we all need to reflect on the severity and urgency of the situation, as our final window for action to avert 1.5c global heating draws to a close.
We have the tools, skills and knowledge to do the job in shipping, we just need to match that with the level of ambition to eliminate carbon, all climate forcing emissions this decade and for shipping to step forward as a climate pioneer. We stand ready, as wind propulsion advocates to play our part in delivering on that ambition.
02 June – Upcoming Events – If you are interested in learning more about wind propulsion, it’s potential and how it can integrate into the decarbonisation of the shipping industry, then June is shaping up to be a pretty busy month in Europe.
, (Greece) – 07 June – Wind Assisted Propulsion in Shipping seminar
13-17 June – Blueweek (Rotterdam)
13 June – Natural Propulsion Seminar
14 June – IWSA members meeting
14 June – WASP hybrid seminar/webinar on financial tools
15 June – Renewable Energy Forum
21 June – European Parliament (EP) Intergroup Webinar on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development in preparation for the UN Ocean Conference, featuring wind propulsion presentation
21 June – Electric Hybrid Conference (Amsterdam) – Hybrid Wind Propulsion Seminar
22 June – 3rd Decarbonizing Shipping Forum (Hamburg) – IWSA presentation
27 June -01 July – UN Ocean Conference (Lisbon) – IWSA Booth and presentations
More details on these events (and others), along with IWSA members discounts etc., visit our Maritime Events page https://www.wind-ship.org/en/maritime-events/
01 June – Listening to the Wind Interview – Interview with Amaury Bolvin, COO and co-founder at Zephyr & Boree, introducing their latest wind propulsion vessel designs and discussing their vision for a wind-powered fleet of the future and what challenges we need need to meet to make that a reality. Watch here
24 May – Installation Order Announced – eConowind and Vertom Shipping have announced their collaboration to install a new version of the wind-assist suction wings, called the VentoFoil. Units will be installed on the two general cargo vessels MV Progress and MV Perfect, making it the first fleet order for Econowind. Read more…
Call for Papers: INNOV’SAIL 2023, the sixth conference in the series, to be held in Lorient, France, 7-9 June 2023.
Papers are invited on the various topics from the commercial wind sector to be covered by the conference. Note that the topics apply to yacht racing as well as wind-assisted ships.
Abstracts of no more than 400 words and 2 pages should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17
October 2022. Notification of acceptance will be given by 10 December 2022. Full papers of accepted abstracts
will be due by 20 February 2023. For more information Innov’sail 2023
20 May – Collaboration Announcement – A third collaboration announced this week between our members Mitsui OSK Lines and Anemoi Marine Technologies, with the first hybrid, twin wind solution installed vessel, featuring MOL’s Wind Challenger rigid wing system combined with a number of Anemoi’s Rotor Sails, with the bulker vessel scheduled for delivery in 2024. Read more…
19 May – Collaboration Announcement – Great to see another two of our members collaborating, with NEOLINE choosing the “Solid Sail” solution from Chantiers de l’Atlantique for their Neoliner RoRo vessels that will soon be under construction. Read more…
17 May – Installation Announcement – Norsepower has installed one of their 30m Rotor Sails on a second Scandlines hybrid ferry, the MV Berlin, following successful results achieved on the sister vessel, the MV Copenhagen
16 May – Collaboration Announcement – Two IWSA members have announced a collaboration, with Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) to equip one of its vessels with three of bound4blue’s eSAIL® systems in 2023. More details on the selected vessel and installation to come. Read more…
14 May – WASP project Webinar on 31 May – Discussing Policy and Should Policy Makers Incentivise the Uptake of Wind Propulsion – check out the event details here
11 May – ABBA Supports Wind Propulsion – the Swedish developer of the Oceanbird concept, has been confirmed as the official partner for ABBA Voyage, the revolutionary new concert opening in London, late May, where ABBA will perform as digital avatars. “It is extremely pleasing to be able to make it all happen in partnership with Wallenius, who are as keen on sustainability as we are,” says ABBA member Benny Andersson. Read more… Watch video
10 May – Danish Shipping hosted the EU WASP project conference where the preliminary results from a new set of sea trials from multiple vessels with installed wind propulsion technologies were presented. The event held a set of lively discussions on those results, the benefits of wind propulsion technologies and these should be further promoted in the EU and worldwide.
05 May – Partnership Announcement – IWSA is delighted to announce the signing of our coalition partnership with the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD). GCMD was formed in 2021 with funding from the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and six founding partners: BHP, BW, DNV Foundation, Eastern Pacific Shipping, Ocean Network Express and Sembcorp Marine. It’s mission is to help the maritime industry reduce its carbon emissions
as quickly as possible by shaping standards, deploying solutions, financing projects, and fostering collaboration across sectors. We are looking forward to working closely with GCMD in knowledge exchange and in bringing more pilot projects into the market, validating those technologies and vessels and laying the groundwork for further rapid and extensive scaling of wind propulsion solutions going forward. Read more…
02 May – Listening to the Wind – HSVA Interview with Jan Lassen and Jorg Brunswig, the core developers of EcoLibrium at HSVA, we discuss the modular software solution that provides a deeper insight into the operation of sail-assisted ships and supporting their design and the wider design implications of wind propulsion in commercial shipping. Watch here
28 April – Oceanbird New Sail Design – The Oceanbird designers have adopted a new wing sail design. The wing consists of a core and a flap, optimizing the aerodynamics forces. It is half the size but shows the same performance as the previous design, allowing a smaller footprint: both environmental and on deck. Instead of a telescopic solution to allow the vessel to pass under bridges and reduce the power in hard weather, the new wing can be folded and tilted. Read more…
25 April – Welcome to New Members
We are very pleased to welcome our new members to the association and we are looking forward to working together to build a sustainable, wind-powered future for commercial shipping.
Insensys (UK) – Full Member
Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering, Co, Ltd (Japan) – Associate Member
Taiwado – Ben Kimura-Gross (Germany/Japan) – Associate Member
Sustainable Sea Transport Initiative (Fiji) – Registered Supporter
On 15-16 Feb, new IWSA supporter, the Sustainable Sea Transport Initiative (SSTI) organized a regional workshop for traditional boat builders of the Pacific. The regional workshop of Pacific traditional boat builders gathered around 60 participants across the Pacific states and territories, from Papua New Guinea to French Polynesia and from Guam to New Zealand. It was organized as a Pacific “Talanoa”, a session during which participants were gathering, exchanging information on current projects, sharing their experience, talking through opportunities and challenges they are facing, and discussing possible solutions and ways forward. Read more…
21 April – ‘Listening to the Wind’ Interview with Wilf Chaplin, Sail Designer at Onesails joins us for this interview, talking sailing rigs, materials and the development of the market for soft sail solutions for commercial shipping. Watch here
15 April – Upcoming Conference/Presentations featuring Wind Propulsion in April
27-28 April – 2022 GREEN4SEA Virtual Forum
The leading global conference focusing on latest developments in green shipping including air emissions, shipping decarbonization, ship recycling, future fuels and ESG in shipping. The IWSA Secretary General will be presenting on Wed 27 April at 1215 GMT. Register here
25-27 April – Sustainable Supply Chain Conference
Highlighting not only the giant untapped opportunity of supply chain decarbonisation in international climate action but also how having sustainability at the very core of your business and strategy can influence the bottom line.
Tuesday, 26 April, 14:50 15:40 IWSA Secretary general will be presenting in Session 4 – Innovating to net zero: This session will explore how to balance sustainable environmental protection with economic considerations. 14:50 – 15:15: Re-wind not rewind: a vision of shipping 4.0. Full Agenda and Registration here
10 April – UN Ocean Conference – IWSA has been granted representative status for the UN Ocean Conference to be held in Lisbon, Portugal from 27 June – 01 July, where we will be delivering the positive message to world leaders and the maritime community that wind propulsion can accelerate and deepen the decarbonisation of shipping and help to facilitate the uptake of other low carbon propulsion solutions this decade. Conference details
09 April – Interview: IWSA Secretary General discusses future scenarios for a decarbonised maritime sector with a focus on the Middle East. Read more…
07 April – ‘Listening to the Wind’ Interview with Marc Van Peteghem, Yacht Designer, Owner of VPLP Design and Chairman at AYRO on the transition of yacht and racing technology and knowhow into the commercial wind propulsion sector and the potential that brings to decarbonise the sector. Watch here
04 April – Weather Routing Agreement Announcement: Norsepower Oy Ltd. has signed a formal agreement with NAPA, the global maritime software, services and data analysis company to offer weather routing software in combination with its Rotor Sails solution. Read more…
01 April – Article: Wind propulsion accelerator aims to take small developers through ‘valley of death’
Plans to help take technology to market include ambitious aim to create a fleet of vessels to test systems, as well as secure funding for development.
30 March -‘Listening to the Wind’ Interview with Danielle Doggett, Founder and CEO of the Costa Rica based SAILCARGO Inc. building a wooden constructed sail cargo vessel for trading between Latin America and the North and with plans for further ships and expansion to larger and longer trades. Watch here
29 March – Installation Agreement Announcement: Dutch short sea ro-ro and general cargo vessel operator Amasus Shipping has signed a deal with Spanish wind assist company bound4blue to install two 17m eSails on the 91m, 2,850dwt vessel EEMS Traveller. Read more…
25 March – AiP Granted: Bureau Veritas (BV) has delivered an Approval in Principle (AiP) to Chantiers de l’Atlantique for their innovative sailing propulsion system, Solid Sail, tailored for the large ships market. Read more…
23 March – Wind Propulsion Ship Designs Certified: Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism certified new ship designs including the use of hard sail and a wind kite to provide propulsion assistance and reduce the vessels’ environmental impact. Read more…
21 March – Installation Announcement: Installation of two modular containers housing twin Econowind ventifoil suction wings on the 7,395 GT RoRo vessel, Marfret Niolon. Read more…
17 March – ‘Listening to the Wind’ Interview with Dr. Jonathan Kohler, Fraunhofer ISI, a leading researcher specialising in Innovation Theory and Sustainability Transitions within the maritime sector. Discussion around potential scenarios for the uptake of wind propulsion as part of the decarbonisation of the shipping sector. Watch here
11 March – European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF): The Ship Efficiency Sub-group has launched a wind propulsion workstream with deliverables focused on technical submissions to IMO, EU regulation review and delivering an overview of the state of play in the wind propulsion market.
09 March – New Installation Agreement: Norsepower has signed an agreement with CLdN to install two tilting 35m x 5m Rotor Sails on the MV Delphine, a Ro-Ro vessel in operation between the UK, Ireland and Europe, which is reportedly the largest short sea Ro-Ro vessel operating in the world today. Read more…
08 March – Wind Sensing Technology Survey Launched – This 10 minute, anonymous survey is related to the usage of wind sensing technologies on wind-assisted vessels. The survey has been launched by Vaisala, one of our newest members, and the responses will be used by them to gain a better understanding of the different wind propulsion technologies, their needs and key challenges regarding wind observation and optimization technologies. Vaisala will also be sharing the outcomes of the survey with IWSA, further bolstering the association’s knowledge in this area too.
To take the survey, please follow this link: https://response.questback.com/vaisalaoyj/duwgrpzg6n
03 March – Listening to the Wind Interview – Interview with Roberto Prever, Naval Architect and President of NAOS Ship and boat design discussing their recent rig installation, scalability and the shipping market for wind propulsion going forward. Watch here
02 March – The 88m, 5,500dwt ‘With Orca’ vessel has been awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) by LR. The vessels is designed by Norwegian Ship Design and features twin rotor sails and a hydrogen system with fuel to be supplied by Statkraft. It is scheduled to enter operation in early 2024. The zero-emissions vessel is planned to enter into a long-term transport contract with cargo owners Felleskjøpet Agri and Heidelberg Cement. Read more…
24 February – Upcoming Event – Decarbonising bulk carriers with hydrogen fuel cells and wind-assisted propulsion webinar as part of Bulk Carrier Webinar Week – 04 March
IWSA Secretary general will join the expert panel at this webinar to discuss the potential for zero-emissions shipping using wind power – direct propulsion along with renewable energy derived H2 in the Bulker sector.
Register here: Bulk Carrier Webinar Week (rivieramm.com)
23 February – Final Call for Submissions for the Natural Propulsion Seminar – BlueWeek 13-16 June
Please find below the final call for contributions/presentation/papers for the Natural Propulsion Seminar, as part of MARIN’s Blueweek on 13-16 June. This is always a key event in the wind propulsion calendar, and an important collaboration with IWSA. MARIN will be hosting and leading the proceedings and IWSA will moderate the Q&A/discussion sessions. On the following day, we will also hold our IWSA members meeting during the event (Tuesday AM, 14 June), so a great opportunity to hear about some interesting projects and also have time together with IWSA members (finally in person).
More information: https://www.blueforum.org/
For the NPS, there is generally a preference for projects that haven’t before presented, though those with significant milestones reached are very welcome back, if there is space in the line-up.
BlueWeek to be held on board SS Rotterdam
Started in 2012, BlueWeek is an event which merges public seminars with (closed) project meetings relating to the energy transition in shipping and offshore. In the public seminars, the progress on projects is shared. Also, pitches allow new collaborative projects to gather participants (or just feedback). In parallel there’s the opportunity to have your private collaborative project meetings, making for an efficient overall.
The event will be hybrid but to get the most out of it, we encourage attending in person on board https://ssrotterdam.nl/
Opportunities to contribute to Natural Propulsion Seminar Program (Monday afternoon, 13th June)
One of the “disciplines” is “Natural Propulsion”. It is mainly for presentations in short slots (c.15 min) and the scope includes all natural sources that can be used for propulsion of ships. This includes waves, solar or any other source. In practice a large part of the program is on wind propulsion. There are no papers, allowing for relatively little preparation time. The focus is on technological developments, design and modelling, although the wider context around that is not forgotten. Since we went online last year, the audience is world wide with a large fraction of the people from Europe and the United States. Attendees and presenters are often from technology suppliers, academia, designers and shipyards and to a lesser extent ship owners/operators and regulators.
Pitches and collaborative projects: Within Blue Week, we also specifically wish to facilitate collaborative projects. The option to present a pitch talk of a few minutes is specifically intended to initiate new collaborative projects. You can present your project ideas and then invite others to give you feedback or directly join the project.
If you want to present, pitch or hold your project meeting at BlueWeek, then please email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
21 February – Upcoming Event: 29-31 March: CMA Shipping Conference, Connecticut, USA
The CMA shipping conference is the leading industry conference in the US and if you want the latest business intelligence, listen to leading experts and meet the key stakeholders in the US maritime sphere, this is the conference for you. International Windship Association | CMA Shipping (informaconnect.com)
IWSA is an official supporter for the CMA Shipping Conference, and as an IWSA member you will receive a discount for 37th Annual Expo & Conference
March 29-31, 2022 Hilton Stamford | Connecticut, USA Here is a $300 discount code: VIP code: FKT3853IWSA and tracked link with $300 discount applied: https://bit.ly/3JiDHjc
16 February – New Member – we are very pleased to welcome Fair Ferry, a new associate member to IWSA, we are looking forward to working together in developing commercial wind propulsion further in the future.
15 February – The latest WASP Newsletter (February 2022) is now available to view on Flipsnack – News on the Tharsis installation, interview with Rord Braren, sea trials and other recent event news, reports etc.
15 February – Grain de Sail signs with Pirou for the Construction of its Next Cargo Sailboat ‘GRAIN DE SAIL 2’
After a months-long consultation process, Grain de Sail signed with Piriou the contract for the build of its future cargo sailboat on the 11th of February during the One Ocean Summit week in Brest aboard Grain de Sail 1. The rigging will be provided by Lorima. Delivery of Grain de Sail 2, a pure sailing freight vessel with over 350 tons of payload capacity, is expected at the end of 2023. The company from Morlaix, Brittany hence will be adding a second cargo sailboat to its carbon-free maritime fleet in order to expand its transportation capabilities and meet the increasing demand for its coffees and chocolates.
15 February – Listening to the Wind Interview – Damon Roberts, DynaRig Authority at Southern Spars joins IWSA Secretary General Gavin Allwright to talk Dynarigs, sail vessel performance and engineering the rigs for future primary wind commercial vessels among other things…
13 February – Hudson River Maritime Museum Seeks Papers for Sail Freight Conference – November event will focus on small scale inland and coastal sail freight.
Papers are being sought in advance of the Conference on Inland and Coastal Small Scale Sail Freight to be held on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Hudson River Maritime Museum. The event is organized by Hudson River Maritime Museum, Schooner Apollonia, and the Center For Post Carbon Logistics. Organizers are presently seeking papers on a variety of maritime topics including vessel design, crew training, and fuel calculation. For the purpose of this conference, Sail Freight is defined as “The maritime movement of cargo under primarily wind power” and small vessels include those up to 500 gross tons. Submission deadline for papers is Thursday, March 31, 2022. More details here…
09 February – Wind Propulsion Recommendations for Policy Makers and World Leaders Delivered at the One Ocean Summit
Following the very well received Wind Propulsion Forum at the One Ocean Summit this morning, the International Windship Association Secretary General, Gavin Allwright delivered a number of recommendations and a call for action for policy makers and world leaders attending the summit. The key parts from that statement are as follows:
“During the forum, we have already heard calls for an appropriate level of carbon pricing and levies to be brought into the shipping industry, these are very clear, so I won’t take time repeating those now.
Critically, we need to fully integrate the potential of wind-powered ships within International and European institutions, in order to further improve ocean protection and urgently deliver on decarbonisation pledges by adopting an ‘propulsion- or energy-centric approach rather than a narrow fuel-centric one’.
To this end, actively supporting the evolution of the International Maritime Organization’s texts so that wind propulsion is considered in the same way as alternative fuels and is brought to the heart of the maritime transport decarbonisation pathway. Also, promoting direct wind power for shipping in European policies dedicated to the greening of the fleet, including in the proposals currently under discussion such as Fuel EU Maritime and the wider ‘Fit 55’ program.
Another key recommendation is a concrete one, to deploy a fleet of wind-propelled vessels in island territories that are extremely vulnerable to climate change and that will be confronted with the challenges of availability and cost of alternative fuels – in particular the Pacific islands, but also the Caribbean territories and many other least developed regions and small island developing states. This fleet will stand as a strong contributing factor in building resilience in these regions and will be a symbol of international solidarity and a commitment to a ‘Just Transition’ in the Ocean sphere.
Your support nationally, regionally and internationally for the research, development and deployment of direct wind propulsion systems and vessels will be a clear, unequivocal message that urgent and deep reductions in shipping emissions are not just possible this decade, but affordable and hugely beneficial to the blue economy and ocean environment.
As we call it, A Win, Win, Wind situation for All!”
The three-day One Ocean summit will run from 09-11 February and was convened by the French President in the context of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the support from the United Nations.
09 February – WASP Project Webinar: Digital Twins and Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion
Wednesday, 23 February 1100-1230 CET
Featuring specialists Professor Joshua Lacey, KU Leuven Faculty of Engineering Technology – Group T Leuven Campus Leuven & Dr. Frederik Gerhardt, Senior Technical Expert, SSPA – Sweden AB
04 February – Listening to the Wind Interview – Talking with Patrick Englebert, Founder & CEO of Propelwind, a wind propulsion technology provider and specialist in wind propulsion market development and potential.
02 February – Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) announces the completion of the first full scale Wind Challenger Rig at the Oshima shipyard. the full scale rig will be shore tested in preparation for installation in the summer on a new build bulk carrier currently under construction. Press release: Read more…
02 February – WIND FOR THE FUTURE FORUM at the One Ocean Summit – Wind propulsion to be front and centre at the ONE OCEAN SUMMIT
A SUMMIT TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE THREATS TO THE OCEAN
The ocean covers more than 70% of the surface of our planet, yet too often remains on the side lines of major European and international events.
The ocean is a regulator of major environmental balances, and climate in particular, a provider of resources, an important enabler of trade, and an essential link between countries and human communities. However, it is now seriously threatened by numerous pressures, such as the effects of climate change, pollution or the overexploitation of marine resources.
In an effort to mobilise the international community and take tangible action to mitigate such pressures on the ocean, the President of the French Republic has decided to organise a One Planet Summit dedicated to the ocean, scheduled to take place in Brest on 9-11 February 2022. The “One Ocean Summit” will be held in the context of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the support of the United Nations.
WIND FOR THE FUTURE FORUM
The International Windship Association and Association Wind Ship are thrilled to announce the organisation of a forum dedicated to wind propulsion at the opening of this summit.
Two panels and a debate will feed the reflections on the role of wind propulsion into the pathway for decarbonising shipping. This forum highlights the serious consideration that wind propulsion is receiving as an alternative energy source for shipping. The discussion will focus on the means to accelerate the deployment of these solutions, which carry such societal and environmental promise. Register Here
01 February – IWSA Granted Consultative Status at IMO
We are very pleased to announce that the International Maritime Organization has formally confirmed the granting of consultative status to the International Windship Association (IWSA). We look forward to working closely with IMO in further developing the regulatory framework around wind propulsion systems and in contributing to the toolbox of solutions for decarbonising the shipping industry. Press Release
01 February – Education – Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden is offering a Postdoc in Marine propulsion systems for wind assisted vessels, a great opportunity for qualified researchers to take a deep dive into the interactions between WPS and conventional propulsion systems.
Application deadline 13 March 2022
31 January: World of Shipping – Portugal 2022 – IWSA Secretary General Gavin Allwright gave a presentation that included some of the usual key points on the efficacy of wind propulsion, but also delved a little deeper into how wind-assist technologies and primary wind vessels fit into the decarbonisation of shipping pathways and policy framework along with a focus on the key drivers, barriers and solutions to that.
30 January: Enkhuizer Zeevaartschool / Enkhuizen Nautical College is once again running it’s well regarded Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion course 11-19 Feb.
Subjects covered include:
– WASP vessel performance
– Weather routing, velocity prediction
– History and future of WASP
– Aero- and hydro dynamics
- Policy and regulations
– Ship building and Ships stability of WASP vessels
28 January – Article – Marine Professional (Imarest) – Back to the future with wind-propulsion: We are a year into the Decade of Wind Propulsion and this article takes stock of the momentum growing in the wind propulsion segment, “…a rate of growth that, if sustained, suggests fair winds and following seas for this emerging sector.”
This is a marathon not a sprint, but then wind propulsion will always be a good option on the long trades.
25 January – Article: The Milken Institute quarterly review takes aim at wind propulsion covering a lot of ground (it would take the entire magazine to include every project) and concluding with some conservative comments I have made on a fairly regular basis regarding the economics of harnessing wind that turn the argument that shipping is a hard-to-abate sector when it comes to decarbonisation on it’s head. We are the only transport mode that has the ability to harness an inexhaustable, pure zero-emissions and free energy source directly. That is a low-hanging gift that just keeps giving! Read more…
20 January: EcoClipper has purchased its first sail cargo vessel, the Dutch Klipper ‘De Tukker’. This is the first vessel to join the EcoClipper fleet. The vessel will require a retrofit and will begin providing trade and passenger travel under sail on the North Sea in the first half of 2022. The ship has a barge shaped hull and will be able to carry about 80 cubic meters, or an equivalent of 50-70 tonnes, of cargo. It will also have accommodation for up to 12 paying guests. Read more…
13 January – Michelin has reached an agreement with Compagnie Maritime Nantaise – MN to test their inflatable WISAMO sail system on the first commercial vessel, the 154m, 12,000gt Roro cargo MN Pélican. This will involve installing a 100m2 sail before the end of the year operating on a UK/Spain route. Read more…
12 January – TransOceanic Wind Transport (TOWT) – has announced the signing of a New Build Contract to build their first 260ft (80m) sail cargo vessel at Piriou shipyard and the ship is scheduled to enter service in mid 2023. This will be the first of TOWTs primary wind vessel fleet and will have a 1100t capacity and operate with very low emissions on various routes worldwide. Congratulations to the team and looking forward to seeing this ship in the water!
11 January – Wind Propulsion White Paper released from Association Windship (IWSA Europe Atlantic Hub) – this white paper takes a look at the potential of wind propulsion from a France development opportunity perspective. congratulations to Secretary Lise Detrimont and the team in Nantes. (Report in French) Download here
11 January – ‘The answer is blowin’ in the wind’ article in the Maritime Foundation UK magazine has IWSA Secretary general Gavin Allwright laying out the wind propulsion stall once more (pp26-29) – updating progress with wind and the potential therein. Read more…
04 January – Conoship International formally announces that it is their design for 3600dwt low carbon, wind-assisted mini-bulkers that will be built at Fosen Yard in Germany. The six ships will each feature twin eConowind ventifoil systems. On completion this will be the largest fleet modern day installation of wind-assist propulsion systems so far. This announcement comes on the back of the testing and validation work underway as part of the EU Interreg WASP project – Congratulations all round! Read more….
04 January – In the News – Three wishes for the New Year.
Financial Times – Blue sky ideas: green sea thinking will lift sales of sails
The FT identifies wind propulsion is an up and coming trend and a key technology segment in the drive to decarbonise commercial shipping. Read more…
The Economist – The World Ahead 2022: What next? 22 emerging technologies to watch in 2022
Wind propulsion joins 21 other technology sectors as an emerging technology segment to watch for 2022.
Canary Media – Sailing into 2022 with wind-powered cargo ships: Use of wind-propulsion devices like towing kites and rotor sails set to double in 2022, experts say.
01 January – Happy New Year – The IWSA Secretariat, Executive Committee and all IWSA members would like to wish you all a very healthy, prosperous and wind propelled New Year!
Safety4Sea – IWSA Secretary General – Dear 2022,
Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, International Windship Association (IWSA), makes an assessment of 2021 and shares his message for the new year across the global maritime community.