JAKARTA – The British cargo ship Pyxis Ocean, equipped with wind-powered sails, has embarked on its maiden voyage. Shipping company Cargill, which chartered the vessel, hopes the technology she is equipped with can help create a greener future.
The maiden voyage began from China to Brazil. This cargo ship will use advanced WindWings sails that have a height of up to 37.5 meters, which can be folded and unfolded while underway to reduce fuel consumption while reducing global carbon emissions.
Cargill chairman Jan Dieleman said the shipping sector is currently on track towards decarbonization. According to him, the presence of ships with minimal emissions is important for today’s world as a way to address the risk of global warming.
“Five, six years ago, if you asked people in the shipping industry about decarbonisation, they would say it was going to be difficult and it wasn’t going to happen any time soon. But in five years, all of that is going to change. necessary to do so,” he said ReutersTuesday (8/22/2023).
Of note, Pyxis Ocean was co-developed by British company BAR Technologies, which was dropped by Sir Ben Ainslie’s 2017 America’s Cup team, a competition sometimes referred to as Ocean Formula1. This voyage is considered a turning point for the maritime industry.
John Cooper, who worked for the McLaren Formula 1 team, predicts that by 2025, half of new-build boats will be ordered with wind-powered engines. According to him, this ship will attract the attention of many companies due to the advantages it brings.
“The reason I’m so confident is that this vessel is able to save one and a half tonnes of fuel per day. Having four wings on board saves six tonnes of fuel, saving 20 tonnes of CO2 per day. That’s a huge amount,” he explained.
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