Oceanbird, a new transoceanic car, can decrease carbon emissions by up to 90%
Once, sailing ships were lying on the basis of international trading. Today, a shipbuilder from Sweden is trying to “upgrade” sails using high technologies in order to reduce fuel emissions into the atmosphere.
Oceanbird is a 35,000-tonne transoceanic vehicle with a length of 650 feet. It is assumed that it will mostly be powered by the wind. This can decrease carbon emissions by up to 90% compared to a traditional ship. The idea was proposed and developed by Wallenius Marine, which is currently working on the project with the government of Sweden and some research institutes. The founders plan to release the ship by 2024.
The ship’s sails are five telescopic elements with a shape of the wing, standing 260 feet above the deck. They can turn 360 degrees not touching each other, or remove 195 feet in bad weather so the ship can pass under bridges.
However similar vertical wings have been proposed in the past, but it will be the first time when they are used on a full-size cargo ship. Made of steel, they will be the tallest sails ever built.
The effectiveness of Oceanbird achieves due to its high speed. It is estimated to be approximately 11 miles per hour. This means that crossing the Atlantic Ocean will take 12 days, five days longer than sailing on a standard ship.
By the way, giant cargo ships are a great source of pollution. In 2018, shipping accounted for 2.89% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
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