New Wind-Powered Cargo ships: The future of marine transportation?
Wind-powered cargo ships: The future of marine transportation?
- Wing Sail Technology: Windship Technology primarily utilizes advanced wing sail technology to capture wind energy and assist in propelling ships. The company’s systems typically involve the installation of large, vertical wing sails on vessels.
- Retrofitting Existing Ships: One of the key aspects of Windship Technology’s approach is the retrofitting of existing vessels with their wind-assist systems. This allows shipowners to upgrade their fleets and benefit from the fuel efficiency gains provided by wind propulsion.
Wind powered ships: The future of passengers transportation?
Sailing ships: the future of passenger transport?
Sailing cargo transport has already been back on a small scale for several years, thanks in particular to two forerunners: TOWT, in 2011, and Grain de Sail, in 2018. In 2021, the very first modern sailing cargo ship will be launched: the cargo ship Canopée! New sailing cargo initiatives continue to emerge: Neoline, Eco Trans Océan, Solidsail or sailor François Gabart’s start-up Vela. And that’s a good sign! There are real opportunities to revolutionize maritime freight transport, to reduce or even totally eliminate its impact on the environment. What about passenger sailing projects?
Passenger sailing projects:
As far as passenger sailing is concerned, apart from the TOWT and Eco Trans Océan cargo sailboat projects, which will feature a few passenger cabins, there seem to be fewer projects.
80-passenger catamarans for daily shuttles to French islands, with Sailcoop
The Sailcoop cooperative plans to build a series of 80-passenger catamarans to serve the French islands of Groix, Yeu, Porquerolles and Les Glénan from spring 2024. You can help finance this project.
Silenseas, two new-generation sailing liners, under construction at Chantiers navals de Saint-Nazaire
Existing sailing ships for maritime passenger transport
If you’re planning to travel on a liner powered by the wind, rest assured: there are already opportunities to embark on a sailing liner, and limit your carbon footprint while sailing.