“Wings for a Shipping Revolution”

This Swedish company isn't waiting for a gradual transition away from fossil fuels

According to Oceanbird “maritime transport emits around 940 million tonnes of CO2 annually and is responsible for about 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions.” This is even more than airplane emissions. If the shipping industry was a country, Oceanbird cites it would be the sixth-biggest polluter in the world.

But this Swedish company isn’t waiting for a gradual transition away from fossil fuels. They’re innovating now. They are committed to “de-carbonisation” through emission-free shipping technologies and policies:

  • Reduced energy consumption​
  • Emission-free energy sources (wind, sun, waves)​
  • Emission-neutral energy carriers (biofuels, synthetic fuel, batteries)​

After ten years of research and development, they are designing aerodynamic winged cargo ships that are more like airplane wings than traditional sails. They are creating wings to retrofit existing vessels. And they’re ready to launch their first prototype next year.

Come with the Rotary Club of Eugene Metropolitan to our friends and coast hosts at the Rotary Club of Port Orford this Thursday, November 3rd at 12:30 pm Pacific to meet Managing Director Niclas Dahl. Learn how Oceanbird is reducing both air pollution and noise pollution in our beautiful oceans. “This will mean a lot for whales and other marine mammals which depend on hearing for navigation, reproduction and finding food.”

Comment below for Port Orford’s Zoom link. All are welcome – sail “to” Sweden with us!

You can read about their work at ‘Zero City’ here, to find out more on “the name and theme of a fossil-free city of the future exhibition, at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm”.

Photo by Oceanbird

8 Responses

  1. Heather, and interesting article and well written. Thanks for the shout out for the club. We are looking forward to Niclas’s talk on Thursday. Eric O

  2. Great concept, but this looks like illustrations that have circulated for 50 years. What’s different?

    What is the carbon footprint for the materials required?
    Carbon footprint of retro-fitting existing ships? A huge structure designed to be pushed from the bottom rear seems like it would need major changes to be pushed by tall masts distributed along its length.
    How recoverable or recyclable are the materials? If not, how will they be disposed?

  3. Excellent questions! You are more than welcome to join us this Thursday, November 3rd at 12:30 pm Pacific 🙂

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