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The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has signed up to the International Windship Association (IWSA), the not-profit organisation that is advocating the uptake of direct wind propulsion solutions for commercial shipping.

The class society has become increasingly involved with wind propulsion in recent years. In June 2020 it published its guidelines for Wind Assisted Propulsion System installation, and it is also taking a lead role in the WiSP initiative, a joint industry project established to help overcome barriers to the uptake of wind-assisted propulsion, improving prediction and validation methods and reviewing and recommending changes to the regulatory framework as these pertain to wind assist systems.

‘Wind propulsion solutions are one of the key low hanging fruit when it comes to decarbonising shipping. Through our work with WiSP and other projects we are endeavouring to work closely with multiple stakeholders in the wind propulsion segment to help make it a robust and credible technology. Joining and working with IWSA and its members is the natural next step and we are looking forward to continuing this voyage together,’ said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology.

‘We are delighted to welcome ABS onboard and the team there bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the association. IWSA is a member driven organisation and the membership is looking forward to working alongside ABS on the various wind propulsion projects going forward,’ commented Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary General

The number of large wind-assisted vessels entered double figures in 2020, covering multiple segments of the shipping industry from tankers and bulkers though to ferry/cruise, Ro-Ros and general cargo vessels.


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