Wind-Assisted Ship propulsion is accomplished through utilizing modern, smartly designed, high aerodynamic efficiency Mechanical Sais which are capable to exploit the wind energy surrounding a sailing ship and develop a Zero Emission propulsive power.
Independent WASP Technical & Commercial Advisory for Ship Owners and Operators
The number of wind-assist technology types and system providers is growing, with different functional principles, performance features and a variety of benefits.
At the same time, the large majority of WASP system providers rely on a still small number of seagoing references, running hours or even small scale prototype and/or only CFD tests, in order to promise ship specific and long-term performance results to ship owners and operators.
While their marketing approach maybe somewhat overconfident so that they encourage stakeholders to engage, with the risk of over-looking important technical and commercial implications during project execution.
The WASP shipping segment is relatively young, small in size and certainly not mature yet, however extremely promising for the future, as it provides a free abundant form of energy that will support shipping decarbonization through energy & carbon footprint reduction.
Ship Owners and Operators need an Independent Expert that knows deeply every WASP system, has technical experience with real WASP projects development and installations, has long experience in shipbuilding and ship designing, while provide an equal stance on all possibilities for a given ship type and size.
We provide Independent Technical Advisory for ship specific WASP applications with Holistic performance analysis and verification, so that Ship Owners can cross-check WASP vendors data and have a secured approach to their WASP Investments.
Ship Integration studies and feasibility for optimal Cost-Benefit WASP Investment
The Key to performance enhancement of any WASP system and the absolute success of its application is how to Optimally Adapt to a specific ship so that best possible performance at seas is secured, while overall safety is maintained, and how this adaptation also has the lowest possible Total Cost of Ownership.
Ship Integration of any WASP system is paramount, since there are over 20 parameters which affect each other and if not viewed through all aspects, the end result will be either too costly or not well performing as forecasted.
We undertake full Ship Integration analysis and studies, since the pre-contract stage of a Ship Owner with a WASP provider, so that all such parameters are well defined and the Ship Owner is in position to specify a WASP Sail arrangement on their ships that will be Paying off faster and will be performing better without compromising safety.
Supporting WASP Technology Providers
There is a growing number of wind propulsion system developers choosing to enter the market with different technologies, system features and arrangements, such as Wing Sails, Rotor Sails, and Airborne Kites.
The applicability of each in any particular ship is highly depended on the ship design, the effective incorporation into the main propulsion arrangement and the operational integration.
With our long experience in adapting energy efficiency technologies in Newbuilding and Existing ships, we are supporting Wind-Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP) technology providers to technically and commercially optimize their value proposition for a successful implementation on fleet basis.
WASP Research and Development
Our expert team is actively participating in numerous research projects, engaging with both Technological Institutes and Academia, in order to contribute positively to the effective and accelerated uptake of Wind-Assisted Ship propulsion in the Shipping Industry.
Since June 2019, Finocean is co-funding and participating along with other shipping industry stakeholders the WiSP (WInd assisted Ship Propulsion) global Joint Industry research project.
The purpose of the WISP project is to overcome barriers to the uptake of wind-assisted propulsion and specifically to:
- Improve methods for transparent performance prediction, encompassing the majority of wind-assisted ship propulsors,
- Use the improved methods to provide ship owners & operators with fast low cost predictions for their fleet,
- Review the regulatory perspective including status of rules and regulations, identify gaps and make recommendations, and provide examples on establishing compliance.
Strengthening WASP global policies
Finocean is a proud Member of the International Windship Association (IWSA).
The International Windship Association (wind-ship.org) is a non-profit Organization set up with a purpose of facilitating and promoting wind propulsion for commercial shipping worldwide and brings together all parties in the development of a wind-ship sector to shape industry and government attitudes and policies.
Design-With the-Winds (DWW) concept
By exploiting our experience and involvement in over 140 designed, developed, contracted, built and delivered energy efficiency newbuilding projects in Asia, and combining our expertise in Wind-Assisted ship propulsion, we are establishing a Methodology from concept to shipyard contracting that secures the maximum possible exploitation of Wind energy for propulsion, while maintaining an optimal, low carbon intensity ship, becoming commercially viable for the total trading lifetime.
The DWW concept combines ship design techniques, knowledge about wind propulsion systems, statistical databases of the wind potential in oceans and Shipyard standards for developing materializable (and not just conceptual) WASP designed ship projects.