BAR Technologies (BAR), a simulation-driven marine engineering consultancy, has entered into a partnership agreement with Nervion Naval Offshore (Nervion), a pioneer in floating offshore wind platforms, to manage and oversee the production of BAR Technologies’ WindWings wing sails (earlier post) in Europe.
WindWings combines wind propulsion with route optimization. This could increase the fuel efficiency of vessels in excess of 30% depending on if the installation is a retrofit or combined with a fully optimized newbuild hull, BAR says. Initially aimed at bulk carriers and tankers, further variations will be developed for other large ship types.
BAR has already secured 2 signed contracts for work on new vessels combining WindWings with hull optimization for a bespoke solution.
The agreement with Nervion, a company owned by Amper Group and with factories in Ferrol and As Somozas (Galicia, Spain), is the first manufacturing partnership for BAR Technologies outside of China, and is one that provides European customers—and/or any customers who utilize drydocks in the region—with local WindWings supply.
Under the terms of the agreement, Nervion will manage the value chain of procurement and construction of WindWings, and their installation throughout all the shipyards, in Europe. Additionally, Nervion will manage the servicing of WindWings during their operational life cycle, alongside running training on the operation of the wing sails for vessel crews.
BAR Technologies will retain the obligation to continue to innovate and establish additional WindWings sizes and offerings.
ons, and to continue the path towards the decarbonisation of global shipping.
BAR’s agreement with Nervion adds to its existing partnership with China Merchants (CMET), the latter offering sales and manufacture in Asia.