New concept in ocean freight

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.

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