The Oceanbird concept?
Oceanbird is about revolutionizing technology that gives an alternative, or complement, to fossil-driven cargo vessels. The whole Oceanbird concept includes wing sails, as well as a special designed hull and recommendations regarding speed and routes, but it is also applicable for existing vessels (retrofit). Extensive simulations and model testing at sea and in water tanks, have proven that it is possible to significantly reduce emissions from vessels by using wind power.
The first vessel from the Oceanbird concept will be a car-carrier able to transport around 7,000 cars. The concept is based on a 200 metres long and 40 metres wide cargo vessel. To be able to get in and out of harbours – and as a safety measure and to be able to keep schedule – the vessel will also be equipped with an auxiliary engine, powered by the best alternative available today.
The first vessel with a full-scale wing sail prototype will be sailing in 2024. Our aim is to sail the first vessel with a full set of Oceanbird wing sails in 2026.