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Thursday, February 18, 2021 

Ro-ro operator Wallenius Wilhelmsen says it is committed to sustainable logistics and takes an active role in steering the industry towards a zero-emissions future, so the company is investing in new technology to improve efficiency of the fleet as well as trialling alternative fuels.

The company's most significant sustainability project to date is the full-size wind-powered pure car and truck carrier (PCTC), known as Orcelle Wind, for which plans are in place to have the design ready for contracting with a shipyard by mid-2022, with the finished vessel expected to set sail by 2025, subject to a comprehensive viability evaluation. .

CEO Craig Jasienski said: “Since 2008, we have been able to reduce CO2 intensity by 33%, which is a significant step. But the journey towards zero emissions requires great strides forward. We believe Orcelle Wind is one of them.”

Orcelle Wind will be around 220m in length with an estimated beam width of 40m, with capacity to carry 7,000 vehicles at speeds of 10-12 knots under sail – a speed that can be increased with the help of an onboard supplemental power system. In addition to cars, the vessel will be able to transport heavy machinery and breakbulk products.

Orcelle Wind will be our technical and operational testbed for zero emission innovation, where we can assess and develop various zero-emission fuels and technology,” said Erik Noeklebye, EVP and COO shipping services.

The final design of Orcelle Wind must satisfy regulatory standards relating to safety and technical performance. Operational needs must also be meet, such as the suitability for deployment on multiple global trade lanes and the ability to manoeuvre in port in bad weather.

“It will take the dedicated collaboration of our world-class customers, partners and employees to make such a bold initiative as Orcelle Wind succeed,” said Jasienski. “More than just evaluating the concept, we are committed to making this a success.”

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