First ship powered by wind energy

The first voyage of the wind-powered ship has begun, going from Singapore to Brazil. This is a significant milestone in the field of green shipping and represents one of the most ambitious projects in this area.

The Pyxis Ocean vessel is crucial in the decarbonization challenge of the maritime industry. The most notable feature of her is the WindWings system, an innovative technology that uses rigid sails as a propulsion system. This makes it possible to harness the power of the wind, significantly reducing carbon emissions and promoting more sustainable maritime transport.

The great ships return to sail

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The development of this system has been carried out by Yara Marine, Cargill and BAR Technologies. The ship, belonging to the Mitsubishi Corporation, has two sails up to 37.5 meters high that take advantage of the wind to propel itself.

This project is of great magnitude and has technology that has been developed for several years. In addition, it has the support of Cargill, one of the main shipping companies worldwide. According to the explanations provided by those responsible, WindWings sails will contribute significantly to a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions during the useful life of the ship.

According to calculations, on an average global route, WindWings can save approximately 1,5 tons of fuel per WindWing per day. In addition, there is the possibility of saving even more on transoceanic routes.

The trip, which can be followed on VesselFinder, is registered under number 9798856. It sails under the flag of Singapore and has a length of 229 meters. According to plans, he is expected to arrive in Brazil on September 15, a month after his departure.

The success of the trip is not guaranteed

The ship's current speed is approximately 12,4 knots, however, the success of the voyage is not guaranteed. Jan Dieleman, president of Cargill's shipping division, warns that this bet is risky and there are no guarantees it will work.

For a long time, wind and sails were the main form of propulsion for ships. However, today, large cargo ships rely on steam and diesel engines. These modern systems allow for greater efficiency and transportation capacity.

"I predict that by 2025 half of new ships will be powered by wind. The reason I am so confident is the savings: a ton and a half of fuel a day. If we put four wings on a ship, we save six tons of fuel and 20 tons of CO₂ per day. The numbers are huge”, explains John Cooper, director of Bar Technologies to the BBC.

Cargill has an ambitious goal with WindWings sails: to not only implement them in its own fleet, but also make them available to the entire industry. The company plans to build hundreds of these sails over the next four years.

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