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Everyone can dream, but to make dreams come true you need strength, perseverance and partnerships.

"Wind is an opportunity we must seize now. There’s simply no time to waste in phasing out fossil fuels."

Niclas Dahl, Managing Director, Oceanbird

New joint venture

The two established Swedish companies Alfa Laval and Wallenius have joined forces to radically reduce the marine industry’s carbon footprint. The 50/50 joint venture formally called AlfaWall Oceanbird, will develop and provide technology for wind-powered vessel propulsion.

We have done it before

Alfa Laval and Wallenius are familiar partners in developing ground-breaking technology. The companies have collaborated before on PureBallast, which is one of today’s leading solutions for chemical-free ballast water treatment. Niclas Dahl headed the development and launch of PureBallast, and is now Managing Director of Oceanbird.

“COP26 put the need for accessible technology in the spotlight,” says Niclas Dahl. “Decarbonizing shipping is imperative, and wind is a free source of power with a substantial role to play, and minimum need of infrastructure.”

Why partner up?

To embark on such a complicated mission as de-carbonizing shipping, we needed each other.

Who are we?

Alfa Laval

Solutions to key challenges vessel-wide

Alfa Laval, world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling, is active in the areas of Energy, Marine, and Food & Water, offering its expertise, products, and service to a wide range of industries in some 100 countries. The company is committed to optimizing processes, creating responsible growth, and driving progress to support customers in achieving their business goals and sustainability targets.

Alfa Laval’s innovative technologies are dedicated to purifying, refining, and reusing materials, promoting more responsible use of natural resources. They contribute to improved energy efficiency and heat recovery, better water treatment, and reduced emissions. Thereby, Alfa Laval is not only accelerating success for its customers, but also for people and the planet. Making the world better, every day.

To Alfa Laval website


Leading the way towards truly sustainable shipping

Wallenius with headquarter in Stockholm, has been a frontrunner in the global shipping industry since 1934. The company offers a complete and sustainable shipping service – from innovative design to ship management. With a long-term perspective and an integrated way of working, operational feedback is used to enhance performance and optimize the design of next generation of vessels.

Wallenius Marine developed the Oceanbird concept in co-operation with KTH Royal Institute of Technology and SSPA in the wPCC (wind Powered Car-Carrier) project. Experts from the public and private sectors and academia worked together with the goal to achieve emission-free shipping. The project is active during 2019-2022 and is supported by the Swedish Transport Administration.

To Wallenius website

The Oceanbird team

The Oceanbird team could be hundreds and even thousands of people. Without our partners, consultants, investors and parent companies, we would never have gotten this far.
However, they wouldn’t fit into one screen so here is the core team, and channels where to find them.

Meet the team

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