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The first wind-powered ship is already sailing the seas.  There are no guarantees that it will work.

The first wind-powered ship is already sailing the seas. There are no guarantees that it will work.

The Pyxis ocean travels across the seas indeed. She has begun her first journey, which she will take From Singapore to Brazil. This is an important test for one of the most ambitious projects in the field of environmental navigation.

The marine industry is facing the challenge of decarbonization and the Pyxis Ocean is one of the most important ships to achieve this. Why are those so special? This is due to the WindWings system, which is a solid windsurfing propulsion technology.

The great ships return to sail

The system was developed by Yara Marine, Cargill and BAR Technologies. The ship belongs to Mitsubishi Two sails up to 37.5 meters high which take advantage of the wind force to propel itself.

We are facing a big project, with technology under development for several years and supported by Cargill, One of the largest shipping companies in the world. according to Officials explainedThese wind wings will help reduce CO2 emissions by 30% over the life of the ship.

It is estimated that on the average global route, WindWings can save 1.5 tons of fuel per WindWing per day, with even more savings possible on ocean-going routes.

trip that She can be followed on VesselFinderregistered under number 9798856, and sails under the flag of Singapore and has The length is 229 meters. He is scheduled to arrive in Brazil on September 15, one month after his departure.

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current speed approx 12.4 knotsAlthough the success of the flight is not guaranteed. “It’s a long shot. There are no guarantees it will work.” explains to Reuters Jan DilimanCargill’s Head of Freight Forwarding.

Although wind and sails have been the primary means of propulsion for centuries, modern large cargo ships rely on steam and diesel engines.

“I expect that by 2025 half of all new ships will be powered by wind. The reason I am very confident is the savings: one and a half tons of fuel per day. If we put four wings on a ship, we save six tons of fuel and 20 tons of carbon dioxide per day. The numbers are huge.” John Cooper explainsDirector of Bar Technologies for the BBC.

The goal is to make these wind wings available not only in Cargill’s fleet, but throughout the industry. The company has I planned to build hundreds of sails for the next four years.

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