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Becker Marine joins IWSA to explore wind propulsion in commercial shipping

04 Mar 2020

Marine technology company Becker Marine on Tuesday (3 March) announced its membership into the International Windship Association (IWSA), and start of the WingSail project. 

The firm has placed developing solutions to reduce energy consumption and harmful emissions at the core of their business and they are now developing scalable wind propulsion units for commercial shipping, it said.

This is made possible through a wealth of experience in close interaction with their customers gained through thousands of rudder and energy-saving-device projects.

“In line with the demands of modern shipping, we have combined highly efficient aerodynamics with a user-friendly smart control system and a low-maintenance structure for safe and reliable sailing,” said Henning Kuhlmann, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems GmbH.

“To make sure our products disrupt the market, not ship operations, we took special care to develop folding solutions in conjunction with the sails.”

This design feature ensures that carrying the wings will not prevent the ship from entering air draft restricted areas or disturb loading operations. 

“We are looking forward to facing future challenges – and to offer the complete WingSail-ecosystem ranging from sails, anti-drift devices, weather routing, system-engineering and integration to operational training,” said Kuhlmann.

“There has been significant growing interest in wind propulsion systems recently and Becker Marine Systems joining the International Windship Association (IWSA) at this time makes perfect sense,” adds Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary general.

Becker Marine are now searching for prototype application projects, after having finalised thorough CFD-investigations, structural studies and demonstrator designs.

Photo credit: Becker-Marine
Published: 4 March, 2020

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