Cargill prototype shows wind wings potential for double the win.

March 13, 2024
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  • Cargill’s wind wings on their Pyxis Ocean bulker saved an average of three tonnes of fuel a day, resulting in a 14% emissions saving.
  • Jan Dieleman, president of Cargill’s ocean transport business, believes that while the capex is high, investing in wind technology could be a wise move for zero-carbon fuels.

In a pioneering move, Cargill has demonstrated the feasibility of wind wings on their Pyxis Ocean bulkers. These wind wings resulted in significant fuel savings, averaging around three tonnes per day, leading to a 14% emissions reduction. Jan Dieleman, president of Cargill’s ocean transport business, emphasized that although the initial capital investment for wind technology remains high, it could be a strategic decision for utilizing more expensive zero-carbon fuels in the future.

Controlled by a touch panel on the bridge, the wind wings feature a simple traffic light system that informs the crew when to raise or lower the sails. This innovative approach indicates a potential shift towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices within the maritime industry. While the technology is still in the prototype phase, the success of Cargill’s initiative underscores the potential for wind-assisted propulsion to become a viable solution for reducing emissions and fuel consumption in the shipping sector.

However, the scalability of wind technology with conventional fuel savings is a key consideration. Despite the significant benefits in terms of emissions reduction, the initial cost of implementing wind wings may be prohibitive for some shipping companies. Jan Dieleman’s endorsement of wind technology for zero-carbon fuels suggests a strategic approach to future-proofing operations and complying with evolving environmental regulations.

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