Maritime & Marine

Sail away! Hampshire-made tech is driving force behind ‘world’s most powerful sailing cargo ship’

Berge Olympus with WindWings out at sea

The Berge Olympus equipped with WindWings from Portsmouth’s BAR Technologies.

By Daniel Face [email protected]

Published: October 17, 2023 | Updated: 15th November 2023

Portsmouth innovators BAR Technologies are proving that sails are still going strong in the 21st century as they contribute their signature WindWings to the 100,000-tonne Berge Olympus.

The new sails are set to save Singaporean shipping firm Berge Bulk around six tonnes of fuel a day and reduce daily CO2 emissions by 19.5 tonnes – as well as making their vessel the world’s most powerful sailing cargo ship.

John CooperJohn Cooper, CEO of BAR Technologies, said: “We’re immensely proud to be spearheading wind-assisted propulsion through the development of WindWings.

“We cannot afford to stand still in developing sustainable solutions for the shipping industry.

“We believe there’s more to be done to harness wind power and push shipping into a greener and more efficient era.

“To that end, we’re already working on superior hydrodynamics and new types of accommodation blocks with several vessel designers.”

BAR Technologies’ WindWings have also been installed on Cargill’s Pyxis Ocean bulk carrier, with plans in the works to roll the technology out across the company’s wider fleet.

BAR Technologies logoThe sails are manufactured by Oslo-based Yara Marine Technologies, with CEO Thomas Koniordos at the helm.

He added: “Wind-assisted propulsion has the potential to offer immediate long-term solutions for shipping’s pathway to net zero.

“We’re proud to ensure that this technology can be scaled and manufactured to shipping’s high standards, ensuring a robust and resilient supply chain that can meet industry demand.”

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