Namely, the Norwegian/Swedish shipping company informed that the Orcelle Wind will be world’s first full-size wind-powered pure car and truck carrier.
"Wallenius Wilhelmsen takes an active role in steering the industry towards a zero-emissions future, which is why we’re investing in new technology to improve the efficiency of our fleet and trialling alternative fuels".
...as the company stated.
Once completed, Orcelle Wind will have the capacity to carry 7,000 vehicles at speeds of 10-12 knots under sail – a speed that can be increased with the help of an onboard supplemental power system.
"Orcelle Wind will be our technical and operational testbed for zero emission innovation, where we can assess and develop various zero-emission fuels and technology."
...says Erik Noeklebye, EVP and COO of shipping services at Wallenius Wilhelmsen.
In addition to cars, the wind-powered vessel will also be able to transport heavy machinery and breakbulk products.
As explained, plans are in place to have a design ready for contracting with a shipyard by mid-2022, with the finished vessel expected to set sail by 2025, subject to a comprehensive viability evaluation.
To pass muster, Orcelle Wind must satisfy regulatory standards relating to safety and technical performance. Operational needs must also be meet, such as the suitability for deployment on multiple global trade lanes and the ability to manoeuvre in port in bad weather.
"Since 2008, we have been able to reduce CO2 intensity by 33%, which is a significant step. But the journey towards zero emissions requires great strides forward. We believe Orcelle Wind is one of them."
...Craig Jasienski, CEO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen, concluded.