Sustainable ocean transport of automotives


A Pure Car and Truck Carrier with a car-carrying capacity of 7.000 ECU prepared for zero emissions

With its award-winning design, Vindskip® is communicating fuel efficiency and sustainability. It benefits from abatement measures such as wind power and its disruptive design, future proof.

The shipping industry is under increasing pressure to act upon the Paris agreement to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

For many decades international shipping has been running on heavy fuel oil. This is causing ocean acidification, acid rain and other negative environmental impacts. Exhaust gases from ships are also causing premature death in humans worldwide. Consequently, the use of heavy fuel oil must be reduced.

The UN Maritime Organization (IMO) has therefore implemented a strategy to cut greenhouse gas emission by at least 50 percent by 2050. It has also introduced the Sulphur 2020 cap to cut emission of sulphur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).

The Cargo-owners’ expectations

The most influential actor in the ecosystem surrounding a shipowner is the one paying for the shipping services – the cargo owner.

They are subject to expectations from their customers throughout the supply chain which ends with the consumers.

A perfect match

Car manufacturer offers Sustainable Mobility while Vindskip AS offers Sustainable Ocean Transport

The main KPI to be measured for our customers, is the value of emissions per transported car per 1000 km.

The Vindskip® design features a dynamic fuel-saving system using wind, cruise control and weather routing. Together, these can yield an estimated reduction in fuel consumption of up to 60 per cent.

The hull itself acts as a giant sail, harnessing wind energy to create propulsion and reducing drag by up to 75 per cent. The cruise control keeps the vessel cruising at a constant speed, regardless of wind availability. Finally, the highly accurate weather routing module calculates the optimal route for the ship to travel, in terms of fuel economy or ETA.

Vindskip® features a lightweight construction, with a highly stable underwater hull design virtually eliminating the need for ballast water thus further reducing the fuel consumption

The Vindskip®-concept has been tested in wind tunnel and towing tank under extreme conditions. The complete hull above the waterline has been optimised using CFD, computational fluid dynamics. Fuel consumption and route regularity have been well documented by repeated simulations using the weather routing module and historical weather data.

Concrete benefits

Vindskip® is a ship design that will remain competitive in the face of more stringent CO2 regulations in the future. It exceeds current emission requirements and will meet all new regulatory aims through 2050.

Zero emission

Decarbonisation of the maritime shipping sector requires the use of zero/ low carbon fuels.

As such is the use of liquified biogases LBG. LNG- fuelled ships can use LBG without major modifications, and a technically mature LNG infrastructure would only need to be scaled up.

The Vindskip®-concept has already taken this into account, with a technology solution that allows the mixing of LNG with liquified biogases, LBG or LSM. This gives freedom also in terms of bunkering where these fuels are commercially available and a pathway to reduce the emission close to zero.

When running on the wind and LNG, estimated total reduction in emission compared to a reference ship running on heavy fuel oil:

WRM-calculated reduction in emission compared to reference ship running on HFO
Emission Reduction in emissions compared to reference ships running on HFO Estimated total reduction compared with reference vessels per year (ton)
CO2 63 % 19 476
NOx 96 % 898
Sox 0,5% 100 % 99


Vindskip® delivered with DNV Class Notation Fuel Ready Ammonia

DNV Class Notation Fuel Ready

The class notation applies to ships that are planned for, and/or partly prepared for, later conversion to one or more alternative fuels. It indicates that DNV has verified compliance with the rules for the applicable fuel for a future ship design or fuel tank installed at newbuilding. The alternative fuel(s) the ship is prepared for is represented by a qualifier in the class notation:

Fuel Ready (LPG, LNG, ammonia and/or methanol/ethanol).

A minimum level of preparation is required to qualify for the class notation.