Sailing innovations in cargo shipping

Orcelle: this first design is already more than 10 years old (source)
Wallenius Willemsen explains why cargo needs to shift to wind power

Nowadays, cargo companies search for alternative ways of shipping. Of course, you can think of wind assisted shipping. But you can also think of completely fossil free shipping using wind, sun and waves. Check this and understand why, all of a sudden, Ya feels very real, but also, very small… 

Sail Cargo Ships

The “Wind Challenger Project” reduces fuel consumption by using sails and engines. For more information.…
The B9 concept uses wind energy. This delivers 60% of their power. The rest comes from engines that are powered by bio-gas. (source:
The WASP has the ability to load and unload cargo by herself since the masts can also be used as cranes. The WASP will make use of the trade winds. 
The Smart Sailing Cargo Ship by TOWT (Trans Oceanic Wind Transport)
KTH built a model of the Oceanbird. (source: Wallenius Marine)
Test: Oceanbird (scale model) in sea basin (source: Wallenius Marine)
Wallenius Wilhelmsen will build the Orcelle Wind.
Neoline in France seeks orders for a 136-metre vessel. This can also be used for transporting cars or farm machinery. This carrier could cut emissions by 90%. Source:

Wind and Solar Ships

Eco Marine Power uses rigid sails for wind and solar energy. The sails can be used with other green ship technologies

Wind, Solar, Wave and Hydrogen

Orcelle combines sustainable forms of energy. Sails, solar panels and waves generate the energy the ship needs. Also, the ship can produce hydrogen. This way, it can store energy for later use. First, Wallenius Wilhelmsen will build the Orcelle Wind (see above).
NYK uses a combination of common sense and new designs to innovate.

Sky Sail Ships

The kite reduces the load on the engine and lowers fuel consumption. Therefore, it is now used on several types of cargo ships with good results. Click here to find out how skysails work.

Wind assisted sailing ships

Rotors are special vertical spinning cylinders using the Magnus Effect. These rotors can be quite high, so Sea Cargo decided to use tilting Rotor Sails. (source: Norsepower Ltd)

Further optimization of shipping:

Recently, shipping companies have declared a decade of wind propulsion. And, they released an Open Letter on “Decarbonisation”. 

New technologies can lead to a fuller shift to wind. For example, the development of wing sails. And, for instance the America’s Cup inspires for tougher, lighter materials. Another example: better long-term weather forecasts will allow for better route planning. This way, ships can avoid storms or doldrums.

In short: cargo shipping is heading for the future!