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World’s first wind-powered ro/ro vessel being designed

Stockholm-based shipping consultancy Wallenius Marine has teamed up with  Danish naval architecture firm Kund E. Hansen to design the world’s first wind-powered roll-on/roll off vessel. The agreement between the two partners was signed last week.

The vessel known as Orcelle Wind will operate at speeds of 10-12 knots under sail that can be increased using a supplemental power system. The concept seeks to reduce emissions by as much as 90 percent. Slated capacity will be 7000 cars along with breakbulk and rolling equipment.

The Orcelle Wind is the first vessel in Wallenius Marine’s “Oceanbird” concept. Plans are to have the final design ready for contracting with a shipyard by 2022 and for actual service by 2025. (Image Wallenius Marine)