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Thursday, March 5, 2020  (Comments: 1)

German company Becker Marine Systems is joining the growing International Windship Association (IWSA) and bringing its wing sail project online.

Becker says it is placing the development of solutions to reduce energy consumption and harmful emissions at the core of its business. Becker’s products are well-established in the world market from VLCCs to container ships, passenger ferries, large cruise ships and luxury yachts. Now, the company is developing scalable wind propulsion units for commercial shipping. This is done through its experience in close interaction with customers gained through thousands of rudder and energy-saving-device projects.

“In line with the demands of modern shipping, we have combined highly efficient aerodynamics with a user-friendly smart control system and a low-maintenance structure for safe and reliable sailing,” said Henning Kuhlmann, MD, Becker Marine Systems, “To make sure our products disrupt the market, not ship operations, we took special care to develop folding solutions in conjunction with the sails.”

This design feature ensures that carrying the wings will not prevent the ship from entering air draught restricted areas or disturb loading operations. Becker Marine is teaming up with a network of trusted partners. Kuhlmann said: “We are looking forward to facing future challenges – and to offer the complete WingSail-ecosystem ranging from sails, anti-drift devices, weather routing, system-engineering and integration to operational training.”

Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary general said: “There has been significant growing interest in wind propulsion systems recently and Becker Marine Systems joining IWSA at this time makes perfect sense. We look forward to working together to ensure a bright future for this viable, credible and truly low carbon means of ship propulsion.”

Reader Comments (1)

Good, renewable energy is the future of the industry. More details and results are needed to evaluate it fully. Would like to know, i) why all sails are fitted on Port Side, ii) are these sails are collapsible, iii) what will happen in ports if strong winds are experienced, iv) how much fuel saving is expected, v) is the equipment intrinsically safe and can be fitted on tankers, vi) Is retrofit possible?

By Saqib on Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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