American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) have launched the next phase of the Wind assisted Ship Propulsion (WiSP2) joint industry project (JIP) to promote the usage of wind propulsion.
Under the second phase, the project will make assessments from real operational conditions as well as within both the energy efficiency design index (EEDI) and energy efficiency existing ship index (EEXI).
The objective of the project is to provide shipowners with proof of the fuel savings they can expect while also meeting the upcoming carbon intensity indicator (CII) requirements, therefore allowing them to make more informed investment decisions.
The project will also focus on compliance with regulations, specifically regarding manoeuvring.
The project’s second phase will involve the development of a basic performance prediction tool, proposal for (in-service) speed trials with wind-assist technologies and application of new methods in cases, such as a validation case, over the course of two years.
The scope will also cover enhancement procedures for transparent performance prediction.
In February 2021, ABS announced that it has joined the International Windship Association (IWSA), amid its increased involvement in the wind propulsion sector. The move was initiated after ABS released its guidelines for Wind Assisted Propulsion System Installation in June 2020.
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