The IMO’sdecarbonization targets are driving the search for innovative, emission-free ship propulsion concepts. Sailing know-how, having survived in the yachting segment, is drawing new attention.
Combining aerodynamics expertise from aerospace engineering with advanced materials and computer technology, developers have come up with new wing sail types which optimize the physical utilization of wind while allowing fully automated sail control and operation, including full furling and stowage. A new concept called OceanWings is currently undergoing long-term testing and is being offered as a supplementary propulsion option for merchant ships, as well. Read in our article “Wind ships ahead” how its designer Marc Van Peteghem came up with the concept, how commercial shipping might benefit from it, and how DNV GL can support owners contemplating such a solution through simulations and feasibility studies, EEDI calculations, and a new class notation. https://lnkd.in/dVCBRkn