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wPCC – Wind powered vessels

Thousands of cars and other heavy cargo can be transported across the globe with only the wind as an energy source

Designing a new sailing era

Our vision is to sail completely emission-free using renewable and sustainable energy sources. As a step on the way, our concept of wind powered vessels will reduce emissions by at least 90%. Within a few years, it will change the prerequisites for oceangoing sea transportation. We are now designing wind powered car carriers – wPCC – which will be able to transport approx 7.000 cars.

The unique design of wPCC

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The wind Powered Car Carriers will be the first newly built oceangoing sailing vessels for commercial cargo traffic. Everything is specially designed for sailing. Wallenius Marine are responsible for project management, risk assessment and ship design, from the hull shape to propulsion- and structure design.

As you can understand, there are a lot of challenges with this ground breaking ship design. You can follow the whole process in our blog.

Partnerships in development wPCC model

The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) has allocated SEK 27 million for the development of a design for a wind powered car carrier. The project started in the beginning of 2019 and the design will be ready to order in the end of 2021. Wallenius Marine is project coordinator. Our partners in this project are KTH Royal Institute of Technology and SSPA.

“The partnership is absolutely key,” says Naval Architect Carl-Johan Söder, Project Manager for wPCC at Wallenius Marine. “Between SSPA’s knowledge of model testing and advanced fluid dynamics calculations and KTH’s expertise in problem solving, optimization and our design and logistical experience, I think we’re on to a winner!”

 

 

Facts – wPCC

Displacement: 32 000 tons.
Cargo capacity: 7,000 cars.
Length: 200 meters.
Width: 40 meters.
Height incl. wings: 100 meters.
Design speed: 10 knots.
Estimated travel time across the Atlantic: 12 days (compared to approx 7 days today)
Powered by: Mainly by wind. However, it is necessary to equip the vessels with engines for safety reasons and to get in and out of harbour. Of course, we are looking at the environmentally best alternative even for that engine.
Ready to order: End of 2021.
Will be sailing: In the end of 2024.

 

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Carl-Johan Söder

Carl-Johan Söder, Naval Architect

With a normal speed of around ten knots, a transatlantic crossing will take around two weeks instead of seven to ten days. However, we believe this is a well-thought consideration that sustainably minded shipping companies and cargo owners will be willing to make, when they see the potential rewards.

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