Royal Institute of Technology KTH in Stockholm, maritime consultancy SSPA and marine vessel manufacturer Wallenius Marine have developed a wind Powered Car Carrier (wPCC) sailing vessel capable of transporting 7,000 vehicles across the Atlantic. This was reported on the Wallenius Marine website.
Engineers claim that the ship’s air emissions will be 90% less than those of existing ships of this class. But they still plan to install the engines needed to enter the harbor, which may also be needed in case of emergencies. The ship will cross the Atlantic for 12 days, instead of 7 days – the average time for ships with engines. The wPCC is 200 meters long, 40 meters wide, and 100 meters high, of which 80 meters are only sails.
Engineers believe that zero-emission shipping is possible with wind as the main source of energy, the wPCC implementation should prove this. The project has a budget of $ 3 million and is funded by the Swedish Transport Authority. It is assumed that the ship will be launched in 2024.
We don’t have to wait until 2050 to meet the International Maritime Organization’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.
maritime consulting company SSPA
The project of Swedish engineers is slightly inferior to the capacity of the largest operating ship for transporting cars. The Norwegian vessel Hoegh Target will accommodate more than 8.5 thousand vehicles.