Swedes to build 200-meter wind-powered transatlantic cargo ship
By 2024, a Swedish consortium plans to launch a huge cargo ship that will use only wind power to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
The ship was developed by engineers from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the marine consulting company SSPA under the leadership of the shipbuilding company Wallenius Marine.
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The cargo ship called wPCC (wind Powered Car Carrier) will have impressive dimensions: length – 200 m, width – 40 m, height – 100 m, 80 of which are sails that look more like fins.
Although the ship will be able to cross vast distances using only the wind for movement, for safety reasons, the designers have additionally equipped it with engines (most likely electric), which will also help to maneuver when entering and exiting the harbor.
wPCC is designed to carry up to 7,000 vehicles on board, practically polluting the environment.
The only drawback of using solely wind power will be the increase in Atlantic crossing time from 7 days to about 12.
While the Swedes seek to reduce the environmental burden by switching marine transport to natural sources, Hyundai is developing hydrogen fuel cell vessels.
, Wallenius Marine