Specifically, the JIP focuses on the majority of all marketed wind-assisted ship propulsors, while also aims to overcome the challenge to the uptake of these technologies by:

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

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

Gurinder Singh, ABS Global Sustainability Director commented

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.

In addition, according to ABS, the JIP which is still open for additional participants, will be completed in two years. Yet, the outcome of this collaboration will remain confidential for those participating for three years after the completion of the project.

Meanwhile, Patrick Hooijmans, MARIN Senior Project Manager Ships added

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.

Concluding, except ABS and marine, the Project also includes 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.