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.
Specializing in Wind-Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP)
In Finocean we are studying, researching and developing ship projects where a variety of Mechanical Sails are applied in both Newbuilding and Existing ships with the goal to achieve energy efficiency.
Our Naval Architects and Marine Engineers have been actively involved since 2013 in wind propulsion applications on ships, developing design incorporation, engineering integration and researching the topics of holistic ship performance.
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.