Wind Powered Cargo Ships?

Eco-friendly shipping is on the rise! Development is underway to design the modern world’s first 100% fossil fuel free sailing cargo ships. A design concept for a cargo ship has been created and currently a full-scale demonstration vessel has already been started. With rising fossil fuel costs and the global challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, this project is set to change the shipping industry by providing efficient and affordable low-carbon shipping. 60% of the power will come from wind and the rest from engines that are powered by waste derived bio-gas. If it proves successful, the new B9 cargo ship could usher in a new era of fossil fuel–free technology.

Diane Gilpin, Director of B9 Shipping, says: “We are designing B9 Ships holistically as super-efficient new builds transferring technology from offshore yacht racing combined with the most advanced commercial naval architecture. We’re combining proven technologies in a novel way to develop ‘ready-to-go’ future-proof and 100% fossil fuel free ships.”

During the recent financial crisis, container ships began slow steaming (SS) and super slow steaming (SSS) on lines operating vessels on long routes at several knots below top speed in order to save on fuel. Another trend is megaships which allows for an increased number of TEUs per ship at reduced costs and less emissions. The next logical ship is a fossil-fuel free vessel.

From conceptual to environmentally safe seas in the near future!


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