Wallenius Marine AB, which last month unveiled its new wind-powered car carrier design Oceanbird, has joined the International Windship Association (IWSA).
The IWSA, which aims to promote and facilitate the uptake of wind propulsion for commercial shipping, now has more than 130 members from across the industry.
Wallenius Marine Vice President, Per Tunell, commented: ‘We are really excited by the development of wind solutions in general, and of course our pioneering Oceanbird design in particular. We see the application of direct wind propulsion as a key solution to the industry decarbonisation challenges. Therefore, it is only natural for us to join the International Windship Association in its drive to further develop the sector.’
Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary General, added: ‘We are delighted to welcome Wallenius Marine AB as a member of IWSA, and their vision for ultra-low emissions, primary wind-powered vessels perfectly aligns with the association’s goals.’
He continued: ‘The industry is looking for decarbonisation solutions that are credible and available now or in the next couple of years, and wind propulsion delivers that. We look forward to working with the Wallenius Marine team to further the uptake of 21st century wind propulsion solutions across the fleet.’
As previously reported by ship.energy’s sister publication Bunkerspot, Wallenius Marine launched Oceanbird, which it described as the world’s first wind-powered pure car, truck carrier (PCTC) concept design, with a live webcast on 10 September. Oceanbird is a collaborative project between Wallenius Marine and its Swedish partners KTH (the Royal Institute of Technology) and SSPA, with support from the Swedish Transport Administration, which is acting as a co-financier.