Friday, July 12, 2024

The World’s Largest Wind-Powered Vessel Emits 90% Less CO2


Sweden-based shipping company Wallenius Marine is building a massive ship, called Oceanbird, which could transport 7K trucks and cars across the Atlantic Ocean propelled only by the wind.

The Oceanbird would have five 80-meter-tall sails that would allegedly make it the world’s largest wind-powered vessel capable of traveling across the Atlantic to the US with a total journey time of 12 days at a speed of 10 knots. Wallenius Marine highlights that this is only four days longer than a carrier powered by fossil fuel while releasing 90% less CO2 in the process.

The Oceanbird project, developed in partnership with Sweden’s naval research institute SSPA and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, hopes to mitigate maritime freight transport’s environmental impact, which accounts for 90% of trade worldwide. Read more…

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