A joint industry project (JIP) to assess testing methods and review the regulatory environment for marine wind propulsion technologies has been launched
Established by US-based classification society ABS and Netherlands-based research institute MARIN, the JIP will investigate transparent and validated methods of performance assessment for wind-assisted shipping propulsion technologies. It will cover the majority of currently marketed wind-assisted ship propulsors.
This will aim to improve methods for transparent performance prediction, using these improved methods to provide vessel owners and operators with fast predictions for their fleets, and reviewing the regulatory environment, identifying gaps and making recommendations to establish compliance.
MARIN’s senior project manager for ships Patrick Hooijmans said “A major barrier to using wind energy on board is the shortage of transparent and independently verified methods to predict the performance of wind propulsors.
“A reliable model will assist in adoption, as the profitability of an investment is in a subjective realm of wide-spread opinions.
“Furthermore, the industry can use examples and custom work to demonstrate compliance with statutory and class rules and regulations.
ABS’ global sustainability director Gurinder Singh said “As the regulatory framework increases pressure to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the time is right to explore the potential of wind to generate savings on emissions, fuel and cost.
“This project has significant potential to reduce barriers to adopting sustainable wind propulsion technologies and make a positive contribution to achieving IMO 2030 and 2050 objectives.”
Other partners in the project include China Ship Scientific Research Center, Vale SA, Delft University of Technology, Dykstra Naval Architects, Eco Flettner, Norsepower, Berge Bulk, Computed Wing Sail, Anemoi and FinOcean Ltd.
The JIP is still open for interested parties to join and will run for two years. Upon completion, the results of the project will remain confidential among participants for a further three years.