Oceanbird is about revolutionizing technology that will put an end to the era of fossil-driven cargo ships in maritime transport. Even though the main energy force comes from wind, the Oceanbird wing riggs have more in common with airplane wings than traditional sails. Therefore, aerodynamics are important in developing the concept.
The complete Oceanbird concept includes wing rigs, as well as a special designed hull and recommendations regarding speed and routes. Extensive simulations and model testing at sea and in water tanks, have proven that it is possible to reduce emissions from a vessel with 90%. Even vessels that don’t use the complete concept, will have a significant reduction.
The Oceanbird concept is based on a car-carrier able to transport around 7,000 cars. When sailing in an average speed of 10 knots, it will take 12 instead of 8 days to cross the Atlantic.
The wing rigs are adapted to a 200 metres long and 40 metres wide cargo vessel. You will be able to reduce the height of the wings, which comes in handy when passing under bridges or if the surface area needs to be reduced due to strong winds.
To be able to get in and out of harbours – and as a safety measure and to be able to keep schedule – the vessel will also be equipped with an auxiliary engine, powered by the best alternative available today.
Designers and builders say they will be performing their first test sailings in 2025.
The restrained Icelandic volcano Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula stepped into the spotlight on the evening of March 19, 2021, when an eruptive fissure opened in the Geldingadalir valleys.
It had been quiet for over six thousand years, and is the first active volcano in the Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark area for 800 years…
Three weeks prior to the volcanic outbreak, an intense earthquake episode began on the Reykjanes peninsula near Fagradalsfjall mountain. It started with an M5,7 earthquake that stirred people in large parts of Iceland…
The earthquakes finally stopped, and everything was quiet for three days. But on a Friday evening, at 20:45 on March 19, 2021, people in Grindavík town and elsewhere on the Reykjanes peninsula reported a glowing light in the sky. No eruption tremor was detected, so the only way to confirm if an eruption had started was to have a look.
The eruption has been described as a “tourist eruption,” a term commonly used by Icelanders for minor eruptions that can easily be accessed. Of course, the usual thing to do when a volcano erupts is to get as far away as possible. But in Iceland, the “usual” response is the opposite. So Icelanders started flocking to the eruption site to look at the spectacular show nature was offering.
As noted any chance I get, Iceland is one of my favorite places on Earth. For obvious geophysical reasons, for the friendliness and openness of Icelandic culture. Get a chance? Go and visit.