The London-based classification society Lloyd’s Register has joined the project to build the world’s largest sailing cargo ship, a 170m long car carrier.
Capable of carrying between 1,700 and 2,000 cars, the sailing ship will be equipped with four DynaRig masts and will operate on hybrid propulsion with sails and diesel-electric engines, and an optional battery system for peak loads.
The ship will be capable of sailing at 10-12 knots with the aim of reaching 14-16 knots within a few years.
“Wind-assisted propulsion offers one of the few realistic options for introducing renewable power into shipping,” said Lloyd’s Register. “The IMO target for CO2 emissions requires a 50 per cent reduction in global ship-sourced CO2 emissions by 2020 which means significant changes in the industry.
“The big question is whether the technology will be available on the scale needed to achieve the level of reduction required.
“The consensus is that engineering advances alone and the associated efficiency gains will simply not be enough to meet the IMO target. “Fuels will have to change and the Quadriga project provides one of the potential viable alternative solutions.”