A research agreement between Oldendorff Carriers and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) will focus on ship design and propulsion technologies that can meet the IMO’s 2030 and 2050 greenhouse gas reduction targets.
The new research initiative, which will also draw on the expertise within MIT’s Sea Grant Program, will initially focus on improvements in hydrodynamic efficiency, building on work MIT CBA has undertaken with the aerospace and automotive sectors. Anticipated research areas are said to include morphing structures, hydrodynamic cloaking, moving boundary layers, and alternative energy sources.
Since 2013, Oldendorff has invested $3 billion in 90 new eco vessels built in China, South Korea and Japan, which have fuel-efficient and reduced greenhouse gas emissions engines, as well as fuel saving devices to reduce consumption and carbon emissions. The company highlights that over 95% of the Oldendorff fleet, and most of its chartered vessels, are eco-type vessels.
Oldendorff CEO, Peter Twiss commented on the new agreement with MIT: ‘We recognise that clean oceans and clean air are vital for our survival, both as a company and as individuals.
‘With less than 10 years to implement a fundamental shift on how ships are powered in order to achieve the GHG reduction mandates, Oldendorff Carriers is partnering with MIT’s preeminent experts in technology research to forge the way ahead.’
CBA director Neil Gershenfeld added: ‘We're pleased to have this opportunity to extend our research on high-performance structures from air and space to the seas, and appreciate the ambitious commitment that Oldendorff Carriers is making to the important goal of meeting the IMO mandate for reducing the environmental impact of shipping.’