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Wallenius Wilhelmsen announces world’s first full size wind-powered carrier

The Norwegian heavyweight is set to deploy its Orcelle Wind by 2025

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Wilhelmsen hopes to achieve up to 90 per cent of reduced emission compared to contemporary vessels with its new 220m long and of 40m wide carrier, named Orcelle Wind. Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s CEO Craig Jasienski said: “Since 2008, we have been able to reduce CO₂ intensity by 33 per cent, which is a significant step. But the journey towards zero emissions requires great strides forward. We believe Orcelle Wind is one of them.”

He added,” It will take the dedicated collaboration of our world-class customers, partners, and employees to make such a bold initiative as Orcelle Wind succeeds. More than just evaluating the concept, we are committed to making this a success.”

The newly-developed Orcelle Wind will be capable of clocking 10-12 knots carrying up to 7,000 vehicles. Its speed can be enhanced with the help of an onboard supplemental power system. In addition to cars, the wind-powered vessel will also be able to transport heavy machinery and break bulk products.

Erik Noeklebye, executive vice president and chief operating officer of shipping services, remarked: “Orcelle Wind will be our technical and operational test bed for zero emission innovation, where we can assess and develop various zero-emission fuels and technology.”

The company is looking to finalise a vessel design so that it is ready to contract with a shipyard by mid-2022. The completed vessel would be expected to sail by 2025, subject to a comprehensive viability evaluation. Its aptness for deployment on several global trade lanes will also be assessed, as well as the ability to manoeuvre under bad weathers.


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