Dutch nautical college to offer WASP module

The Enkhuizen Nautical College in the Netherlands, which is the only college in Europe which focuses on teaching students to navigate under sail, is to offer a technical introduction to wind-assisted ship propulsion (WASP).

College Director Cosmo Wassenaar commented on the introduction of the new module to the curriculum: ‘You should realise that there is hardly any experience in the practical use of these technologies, so there are no old “sea dogs” which can share their experience with our students.

‘For this course, we have managed to attract some highly motivated young teachers with a lot of knowledge on the theories and practice of wind-assisted shipping.’

One of the new teachers is Dr Nico van der Kolk, co-founder of an engineering consultancy specialising in wind-assisted ship propulsion. He explained: ‘The course will begin with a survey of presently available wind-assist devices, including the physical mechanisms behind the new generation of high-lift sails. Practical considerations for wind-assist design and operation are treated foremost.

‘Students will be introduced to significant interaction effects between WASP systems, the main propulsion engine, course keeping and routing, and finally commercial operation.’

Presentations and seminars will also be conducted by the International Windship Association and partners involved with the Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP) project, part of the EU Interreg North Sea region programme, which has brought together universities and wind-assist technology providers with ship owners to install, research, trial and validate the operational performance of a selection of wind propulsion solutions.

The course will be conducted between 19 February and 3 March 2021. As places in the classroom are limited (due to Coronavirus measures), the course will also be offered online.  

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Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes