Cargill and BAR collaborate on wind powered sea-cargo

A collaboration between Cargill, BAR Technologies, Mitsubishi Corporation and Yara Marine Technologies could decarbonize cargo vessels by up to 30%

Cargill and BAR Technologies’ ground-breaking innovation, BAR Tech WindWings by Yara Marine, is testing new technology that will bring cutting edge wind propulsion to commercial shipping supply chains for the first time.

Mitsubishi Corporation’s Pyxis Ocean, which has been chartered by food giant Cargill, is the first vessel to be fitted with WindWings retrospectively, which are large wing sails measuring up to 37,5 metres in height that can be fitted to the deck of cargo ships to harness the power of wind.

The technology has been produced by Yara Marine Technologies, and have the potential to generate average fuel savings of up to 30 percent on new-build vessels. This impact could be even greater if used in combination with alternative fuels.

The installation of the high tech sails took place at the COSCO shipyard in China and the Pyxis Ocean is now on the water, conducting her maiden voyage to test out the technology. 

“The maritime industry is on a journey to decarbonise—it's not an easy one, but it is an exciting one,” said Jan Dieleman, President of Cargill’s Ocean transportation business.  “At Cargill we have a responsibility to pioneer decarbonising solutions across all our supply chains to meet our customer’s needs and the needs of the planet. A technology like WindWings doesn’t come without risk, and as an industry leader – in partnership with  visionary shipowner Mitsubishi Corporation - we are not afraid to invest, take those risks and be transparent with our learnings to help our partners in maritime transition to a more sustainable future.”

Find out more about how technology can be used to cut the cost of sea freight here.

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