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Monday, February 8, 2021 

Windship Technology of the UK has unveiled a new wind-powered vessel design, and announced an investment partnership with classification society DNV.

The ship design has been developed and tested in conjunction with the Wolfson Unit and employs the company’s patented triple-wing rig. The company's technical team further developed a new diesel electric ship drive system that eliminates CO2, NOX, SOX and particulate matter to 'True Zero' while incorporating large solar arrays, carbon capture, optimised hull shapes and specialised weather routing software into the overall design package. 

The triple-wing rigs are said to produce a driving force several multiples greater than single masted solutions of the same height currently being promoted in the industry. The 48m Windship Technology rig is stowable on deck through an innovative stowage solution to aid port navigation and cargo handling. Its composite structure is based on wind turbine technology, offering longevity of greater than 25 years.

Prof Philip Wilson, former Professor of Ship Dynamics, Ship Science Department, University of Southampton, said: “The holistic approach demonstrated in this solution whereby wind power, solar power and the reduction of harmful exhaust emissions to effectively zero, are all brought together, means that at last there is a design solution that the IMO can champion to achieve its requirements for ‘at least’ zero carbon shipping.”

At the same time, the company announced a partnership with DNV, which will be conducting full verification to assess Windship Technology’s whole-ship design with a view to classifying emission reductions, safety and operability.

Per Marius Berrefjord, SVP, DNV, said: “We are delighted to be working with such experienced professionals at Windship Technology in a project which aims to help transform the entire shipping industry to True Zero. We will work closely with the project team in a fully transparent manner as we now initiate the work to establish a simulation model that will help us verify the GHG emission reduction capability of the technology. We are also preparing for a HAZID that shall verify the safety and operability of ships with Windship Technology installed. These activities will be followed by further verification activities as the project moves forward. Windship is supplying information in a fully transparent manner, and DNV will ensure a thorough verification process. We are looking forward to dive deeper into the very interesting technology presented by Windship.”

Against a backdrop of new build ship orders down over 50% in 2020, and regulators demanding environmental and sustainable reform from the industry, Windship Technology is offering what it calls a ‘Tesla of the Seas’ solution for shipping. Windship Technology claims its True Zero Emission solution is presently the only viable and most economical zero emission project for ocean-going bulk carriers and oil tankers.

As an investment case, the solution appeals to asset owners looking to secure their investments over the lifespan of a ship’s working life and is attracting significant investor interest in the financial markets. Windship Technology is now looking to cement commercial partnerships with major ship owners, operators and investors with the vision to transform the shipping industry and address the growing emissions issue that can no longer be ignored.

Lars Carlsson, Director of Windship Technology said: “Working with DNV is a major step towards proving true zero emission status. The industry cannot sit back any longer. The clock is ticking and regulation will force a new approach for an industry that is traditionally hesitant to change. Shipping is not fit for purpose in the future. Shipping and oil companies are the only major industries still increasing their emissions and must change and think differently if it is to have any hope of reaching the emissions targets set out in law.”

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