Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP)
Decarbonisation of shipping is one of the greatest maritime challenge and the demand for low carbon solutions is growing. In the research project Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP) we will investigate how wind solutions can be more commercially attractive for the future in the North Sea region. The WASP project will help to accelerate this decarbonisation transition by giving the market and policy makers clear indicators on operational parameters, fuel savings, business models and a collection of additional demonstrator vessels to highlight the wind-assisting propulsion potential.
- Ship owners, wind-assist technology providers and universities are involved
- 15 partners. 5 shipping partners; Scandlines, Boeckmans Ship Management, Van Dam Shipping, Rörd Braren and Boomsma Shipping. 8 expert partners; Chalmers University of Technology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kühne Logistics University, the Danish Ecocouncil, Nord University, SSPA Sweden, the European Federation for Transport and Environment, HHX.blue. 2 partner organizations; the International Windship Association and the Netherlands Maritime Technology Foundation.
- Financed by the Interreg North Sea Europe programme, as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
- Project period: 2019-2021
SSPA’s experts will evaluate the performance in full scale of the wind propulsion systems installed on 5 vessels, develop performance indicators, and describe ship owners' expectations and experiences of operational performances, cost and risks related to wind assistance.