The global supply chain relies heavily on cargo ships to get goods around the world but is often associated with high CO2 emissions, so the conceptual 'Oceanbird' sailing cargo vessel has been designed as a way to help change this. The vessel is capable of capturing wind energy while at sea thanks to a series of five sails positioned atop the ship and is thus capable of curbing emissions by as much as 90%. The ship could maintain an average speed of 10 knots when on the open ocean to help make the transition from diesel-powered alternatives to a more eco-focused solution easier.
The conceptual 'Oceanbird' sailing cargo vessel has been designed as a collaboration between Wallenius Marine, the KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) and SSPA. The technology within the ship is being tested now with a launch expected to take place in 2024.