American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) News Press Room ABS and MARIN Launch Wind Propulsion Technology JIP

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jul 11, 2019

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ABS and MARIN Launch Wind Propulsion Technology JIP

(PARIS) ABS and MARIN have launched a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to investigate transparent and validated methods to assess performance of wind-assisted shipping propulsion technologies, a key driver in owners/operators investment decision-making.

The JIP covers the majority of all marketed wind-assisted ship propulsors and aims to overcome barriers to the uptake of these technologies by:

  • Improving methods for transparent performance prediction
  • Using the improved methods to provide ship owners/operators with fast predictions for their fleet
  • Reviewing the regulatory environment to identify gaps and make recommendations and provide examples on establishing compliance.

“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 the adoption of sustainable wind propulsion technologies and make a positive contribution to achieving IMO 2030 and 2050 objectives,” said Gurinder Singh, ABS Global Sustainability Director. “Through the ABS Global Sustainability Center, ABS is supporting leading-edge maritime sustainability initiatives all over the world. This JIP with MARIN is just the latest example of how we can help the industry transition to a low carbon economy.”

Wind-assisted propulsion technologies decrease the fuel consumption of a merchant vessel through the use of sails or some other device converting the kinetic energy of the wind into thrust.

Patrick Hooijmans, MARIN Senior Project Manager Ships, said: “A major barrier to use of 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. MARIN and ABS are committed to exploring ways of overcoming these barriers.”

As well as ABS and MARIN, the Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion project brings together a range of partners from the shipping industry, including:

  • China Ship Scientific Research Center
  • Vale SA
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Dykstra Naval Architects
  • Eco Flettner
  • Norsepower
  • Berge Bulk
  • Computed Wing Sail
  • Anemoi
  • FinOcean Ltd.

The JIP, which remains open for interested parties to join, will be completed in two years. The results will remain confidential among the project participants for a further three years after completion. 

About ABS

ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design and construction. Focused on safe and practical application of advanced technologies and digital solutions, ABS works with industry and clients to develop accurate and cost-effective compliance, optimized performance and operational efficiency for marine and offshore assets.

About MARIN

Research institute MARIN is a provider of advanced expertise and independent research to the maritime and offshore industry. Using the newest test facilities and simulators and working together with an extensive innovation and research network we achieve our goal of developing cleaner, safer and smarter ships and maritime constructions. MARIN is involved in wind assisted ship propulsion in research, collaborative projects and services to clients.