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Wallenius Wilhelmsen is developing a full-scale wind-powered pure car and truck carrier capable of achieving up to 90% reduced emissions compared to today’s most efficient vessels; the company hopes to have the Orcelle Wind ready for sea by 2025.


Approximately 220m in length with an estimated beam width of 40m, the ship will have an overall car capacity of 7,000 vehicles. Able to carry heavy machinery and breakbulk cargo, in addition to cars, the ship will be capable of reaching speeds of 10-12 knots under sail. The ship also will have an oboard supplemental power system.

Since 2008, we have been able to reduce CO2 intensity by 33%, which is a significant step. But the journey towards zero emissions requires great strides forward. We believe Orcelle Wind is one of them.

—Craig Jasienski, CEO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Plans are in place to have a design ready for contracting with a shipyard by mid-2022, with the finished vessel expected to set sail by 2025, subject to a comprehensive viability evaluation. To pass muster, Orcelle Wind must satisfy regulatory standards relating to safety and technical performance. Operational needs must also be meet, such as the suitability for deployment on multiple global trade lanes and the ability to maneuver in port in bad weather.


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