Japanese Trio Joins Forces On Development Of Rigid Sails


Japanese companies Tsuneishi Shipbuilding, Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding, and Akishima Laboratories have joined forces on rigid sails as a new device for energy saving.

As informed, the rigid sail is an auxiliary propulsion device that generates propulsive force and saves energy using wind as natural energy.

Minimal modification

According to Tsuneishi, the device can be installed on existing vessels with minimal modification. The companies are now working on commercializing the technology. They will work on the shape, arrangement, and control system of the rigid sail.

The plan is to install the device on an actual vessel in 2026 and commercialize it in 2027. The project is part of Tsuneishi’s effort to further contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction through innovative technology.

To remind, last month, Tsuneishi Shipbuilding, together with NYK Line and other partners, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop the ‘world’s first’ biomass-fueled ship (bioship) and the technology that could power it.

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Source: Offshore energy