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IJME 439

Paper Title: Perspectives for a Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion



M Bentin, S Kotzur, M Schlaak, D Zastrau, University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer (HSEL), Germany
D Freye, University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Germany


For three different wind propulsion technologies, the energy saving potential of sea going cargo vessels are discussed: a kite, a Flettner rotor and a Dynarig-sail. The energy saving potential can be increased significantly if the route can be optimized when using a wind assisted ship propulsion. The increase of travelling time due to a route adoption is within the frame of the commonly accepted uncertainty in supply chains and can be limited or adjusted in the route optimization software as a parameter. The calculated saving potential depends on several parameters: the considered wind propulsion system, the route, the kind of ship (bulker, multipurpose carrier, tanker), as well as the ship speed and the weather. The cost-effectiveness of the installation of a wind propulsion system strongly depends on the fuel price, the ship speed and the international policy concerning the ship emissions.


Transactions RINA, Vol 160, Part A1, International Journal Maritime Engineering, Jan-Mar 2018 

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DOI No: 10.3940/rina.ijme.2018.a1.439

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