Will we Soon see Vindskip in our Ports?
According to the “High Seas, High Stakes” study conducted by Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester, shipping accounts for 3% of the global CO2 emissions. Therefore, large shipbuilders have started to look for a more energy-efficient and eco-friendly alternative for the estimated 90,000 cargo ships that travel our oceans daily.
LadeAS a Norwegian-based company has worked on the concept of wind- and gas-powered ships since 2012. The Vindskip™ is a merchant hybrid vessel designed for sustainable sea transport. The vessel uses an airfoil design and the high sides of the container ship as sails. This turns the ship into a wind-assisted airfoil. However, the ship will still use a liquefied natural gas-powered engine. Furthermore, the design of the ship will have a 60% fuel saving and reduce CO2 emissions by 80%.
Terje Lade, Vindskip designer, used his speed sailing skill to develop his aerodynamic design. Lade, explained to the CNN that the ship works more like an airplane on the water than a conventional sailing ship.
Lade explained that the Vindskip uses sail winds to pull the vessel through the water. Furthermore, the specially designed computer software that the Fraimjpfer CML company is developing will help calculate the optional route for the ship to sail. The software works with the current weather and prevailing winds to set the navigation course for the ship.
The specially designed software makes it easy for the crew to arrive at their destination on time. All you basically need to do is input the time you’re leaving, your destination, and arrival time. The software then calculates your route. Furthermore, at different waypoints along the way the software notifies the crew if they need to use the engines to speed up the ship or slow it down using the wind. This new innovated software makes it easy for anyone to sail this ship.
By the year 2020 there’ll be new shipping regulations in place concerning the sulfur content of marine heavy fuels. The new regulation wants to make bunker fuel more expensive. Currently, most ships use bunker fuel because it’s cheap. However, this fuel is among the heaviest and dirtiest fuels on the market today.
The new Vindskip found a solution to the fuel problem for shippers. The new vessel uses LNG to power the engines. The LNG contains no sulfur. Currently Wilhelmsen, one of Norway’s biggest shipowners has signed up as the company’s technical advisor. The company is confident that the world will see the first Vindskip in the water by 2019.
Watch the video below to see how Vindskip can change the way we ship in the future.
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