A Swedish shipbuilding company called Wallenius Marin has just released its designs for a unique sailing vessel called the Oceanbird. The ship will be used to ferry up to 7000 cars and trucks across the worlds oceans using nothing more than the power of the wind.
When wind power is mentioned in the same breath as sailing, most would envision a ship with huge sales attached to it, but Wallenius Marin have decided to go down a different route with the Oceanbird. instead of using conventional sails, the shipping vessel uses five sturdy and retractable wing sails that stand 80 meters high. The benefit of using this set up instead of regular sales is the fact that it could help reduce emissions by as much as 90 percent, according to Wallenius Marin.
“Our design features a unique combination where the hull and rigs work together as one unit and has been specifically optimized for sailing the oceans. With our configuration the vessel will have an average speed of 10 knots on a typical Atlantic crossing,” explained Naval architect Carl-Johan Söder in a statement.
The Oceanbird project is currently undergoing testing with seven-meter models in open waters, with tests set to continue throughput the year. The Oceanbird will be ready for orders as soon as 2021, with the first ships set to launch in 2024 if everything goes according to plan.
Take a look what the Oceanbird could look like in open waters below
Image credit: Wallenius Marin