|Some of you may know that I’m a sailor. That helps explain my skepticism years ago when I first heard about using sails for cargo shipping. The Skysail comes to mind, which reminded me of a spinnaker– great for racing sailboats, but for an oil tanker???
This skepticism was mitigated when I learned of the Flettner Rotor sail design last year and understood that the idea (for now) is to create energy to SUPPORT propulsion and reduce the need for fossil fuels, not replace it entirely. Certainly a wonderful step forward in light of our industry’s evolution towards reducing GHGs. Other wind technologies (remember the Tig Rig which won the SHIPPINGInsight Honorable Mention award last year?) are under development, so it is certainly a space to watch and an area garnering a lot of attention!
For those of you in North America, you will have the opportunity to learn more as the International Windship Association Secretary, Gavin Allwright, will be making a tour through Canada and the United States, with stops in Montreal, Vancouver, Stamford, CT (for the CMA Shipping 2019 Conference), Washington DC, San Francisco and Miami.
As the song goes, “Everything old is new again!”