Monday, July 8, 2019

Environmentally Aware Shipping Group Knows Which Way the Conservationist Wind Blows  

New Kite Sail Technology Fitted to RoRo Vessel Following Successful Trials

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Shipping News Feature FRANCE – The level of interest in using wind-assist and primary wind propulsion solutions in shipping is gaining momentum. The need to reduce fuel costs and future-proof vessels in preparation for decarbonisation costs is growing and the embrace of technology solutions that can deliver double digit savings for retrofit installations and significantly higher savings for optimised new builds makes a lot of sense.

A growing number of first movers are engaging with wind technologies, and the Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) Group has become the latest member of the International Windship Association (IWSA) to help further the development of these primary renewable solutions. LDA President, Edouard Louis-Dreyfus, commented:

“We are very excited by the development of wind solutions as a key answer to the decarbonisation challenges we are facing today and it is only natural for us to join the International Windship Association in its drive to further develop these technologies.”

LDA Group owns, charters and operates over 100 vessels worldwide and has been searching for ways to significantly reduce emissions along with its customer Airbus. The positive results garnered from the testing of the Airseas kite system has led to the decision to have one permanently fitted on board the 21,500 tonne MV Ville de Bordeaux from 2020 onwards. The RoRo cargo vessel is dedicated to the transport of Airbus parts around Europe. Also, in early 2019 LDA initiated the design of a large transoceanic RoRo vessel with full integration of wind assisted propulsion and plans to continue development work in this field. Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary General, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the Louis Dreyfus Armateurs group to the IWSA, LDA are a major player in the shipping industry with over 165 years’ experience and a really forward-thinking approach to decarbonisation. Wind-assist and primary wind propulsion is increasingly being viewed as a credible, viable and economic option and we look forward to working with the LDA team to further the uptake of 21st century wind propulsion solutions for the commercial fleet.”

The International Windship Association is a member driven not-for-profit association with over 100 members and registered supporters worldwide and works with the industry, policy makers and regulators to further innovation, development and market uptake of wind propulsion for commercial shipping.

As the shipping industries attention increasingly turns towards decarbonisation, the debate around alternative fuels grow and the challenge of bringing those to market. Wind assisted and primary wind propulsion offers a way to significantly reduce the amount of power required by vessels on many routes, with several shipping companies having already implemented the technology in its vessels and operations, with more looking at such systems in the future.

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