AYRO, the France-based company that makes wind assisted propulsion systems for cargo ships and yachts, has been awarded an Approval in Principle (AiP) from DNV GL for its Oceanwings 3.6.3.
The wind propulsion system is a 363 square metre wingsail (hence the name) – and a number of them can be installed onboard cargo vessels to increase their effectiveness. AYRO is currently manufacturing four Oceanwings to be fitted on Canopée, a Ro-Ro vessel under construction. The system can be installed on newbuildings and retrofitted on existing ships.
Ludovic Gérard, the CEO of AYRO, commented: ‘This AiP award is a significant step in the development of AYRO and we are happy to have passed the first step of the on-going certification process of our wingsail. This is the result of the work of the entire technical team over the past few months. The Oceanwings 3.6.3 are suitable for most types of cargo vessels. We continue to receive a lot of enquiries and numerous requests for feasibility studies from shipowners and charterers worldwide, for both retrofits and newbuilding projects. Our mission and vision is to support them in designing their vessels as well as fitting and maintaining the Oceanwings in order to help them meet the challenges of competitiveness and GHG emission reductions.’
The Oceanwings project was initiated by Marc Van Peteghem, co-founder of VPLP design. The first prototype was produced in 2017 and the industrial demonstrator Energy Observer followed in 2019. AYRO was set up to take the Oceanwings development forward.
Ludovic Gérard, the CEO of AYRO, is one of the respondents who participated the Bunkerspot New Year Outlook survey for the February/March edition of the Bunkerspot magazine.