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ABS joins IWSA to push for uptake of wind propulsion solutions

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American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has joined the International Windship Association (IWSA) to promote and facilitate the uptake of wind propulsion solutions for commercial shipping.

ABS said its membership with IWSA comes at a period in the cycle of development for wind propulsion systems as it starts to emerge into the market as a propulsive solution that has significant advantages.

“Wind propulsion solutions are one of the key low hanging fruits when it comes to decarbonising shipping,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS senior vice president, Global Engineering and Technology.

Over the last few years, ABS has become increasingly involved with wind propulsion and the classification society released its guidelines for Wind Assisted Propulsion System Installation in June 2020.

ABS has also taken up a lead role in the delivery of the WiSP (Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion) initiative, a joint industry project established to help overcome barriers to the uptake of wind-assisted propulsion, improving prediction and validation methods and reviewing and recommending changes to the regulatory framework as these pertain to wind assist systems.

“Through our work with WiSP and other projects we are endeavouring to work closely with multiple stakeholders in the wind propulsion segment to help make it a robust and credible technology,” Ryan said.

ABS pointed out that today’s systems are increasingly becoming available and there is a strong pipeline of new systems under development and proven savings are already in 5-20% range with further optimisation to come.

With the number of large wind-assisted vessels entering double figures in 2020, and covering multiple segments of the shipping industry from tankers and bulkers though to ferry/cruise, roros and general cargo vessels, the maritime sector is increasingly set for a wind-assisted transition ahead.

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