The Oceanbird concept?
Oceanbird is about revolutionizing technology that gives an alternative to fossil-driven cargo vessels. The complete Oceanbird concept includes wing rigs, 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 vessels from the Oceanbird concept will be a car-carrier able to transport around 7,000 cars. If sailing in an average speed of 10 knots, it will take 12 instead of 8 days to cross the Atlantic. 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.
Our aim is to sail the first Oceanbird vessel in 2026, and so far it looks promising.