Norwegian marine technology company Høglund Marine Solutions has acquire a two-thirds stake in Vindskip, a local firm developing a wind- and LNG-powered vessel concept.
The concept is of a wind- and gas-powered pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) that will be equipped with Høglund’s proprietary LNG fuel system as well as power management and automation technology.
In addition to having a hull that could also act as a sail, the vessel will incorporate a weather routing module that will calculate and recommend the most appropriate route to take to harness the full potential of available wind conditions, optimising for fuel economy while meeting ETA.
As well as using wind, the vessel concept will also be powered by a hybrid electric-LNG propulsion system that could operate on biogas to further reduce GHG emissions.
Vindskip claims the design will emit 63 per cent less CO2 and 96 per cent less NOx than similar capacity car-carrying vessels currently in service.
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