The company has announced the Orcelle Wind, the world’s first full-size wind-powered pure car and truck carrier which could be ready to sail by 2025.
‘Since 2008, we have been able to reduce CO2 intensity by 33%, which is a significant step. But the journey towards zero emissions requires great strides forward,’ says Craig Jasienski, CEO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen. ‘We believe Orcelle Wind is one of them.’
Orcelle Wind will have the capacity to carry 7,000 vehicles at speeds of 10-12 knots under sail – a speed that can be increased with the help of an onboard supplemental power system. In addition to cars, the wind-powered vessel will also be able to transport heavy machinery and breakbulk products.
‘Orcelle Wind will be our technical and operational testbed for zero emission innovation, where we can assess and develop various zero-emission fuels and technology,’ said Erik Noeklebye, EVP and COO of shipping services at Wallenius Wilhelmsen.
The company says that it is looking to finalise a vessel design so that it is ready to contract with a shipyard by mid-2022. A completed vessel would be expected to sail by 2025, subject to ‘a comprehensive viability evaluation,’ said Wallenius Wilhelmsen.