ONE trials wind propulsion on ships

ONE commences wind propulsion trial to improve maritime sustainability

Ocean Network Express (ONE) has announced the start of a new trial aimed at demonstrating wind propulsion’s potential as a sustainable option for the maritime industry.

Following the successful completion of a manufacturing test, ONE, in collaboration with Dutch marine wind-powered technology specialists Econowind, plans to install two VentoFoil containers aboard the MV Kalamazoo.

The 1,036 TEU feeder vessel is owned by NORSE UK and managed by Goodwood Ship Management in Singapore. It travels between Pusan, Yokohama, and Honolulu.

The VentoFoils, which resemble airplane wings, are meant to collect wind energy, resulting in considerable fuel savings and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Each VentoFoil is outfitted with a smart suction system that optimises airflow and maximises propulsion, and it has the ability to generate up to 400 kilowatts (kW), lowering fuel usage by 5 per cent. They are totally autonomous, may be started from the ship bridge, and adapt for wind speed and direction.

READ: ONE equips bow wind shield on another 21,700 TEU vessel

Hiroki Tsujii, Managing Director at ONE, said: “ONE is committed to minimising our environmental impact and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. This trial with Econowind is an important step forward in our efforts to explore innovative and sustainable solutions for the maritime industry.”

The trial, which is set to begin in January 2024 and last around six months, will be a comprehensive research in which ONE will reportedly examine the functioning of the VentoFoils.

According to ONE, data will be gathered on fuel use, emissions reductions, and overall operating efficiency. The trial’s findings will be used to assess wind propulsion’s long-term potential as a sustainable shipping alternative.

In April, ONE announced its plan to install two wind assist units on one of its container feeder ships before the end of 2023.

More recently, ONE announced its new Black Sea Turkey Service (BTS).

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