Pyxis Ocean is the first vessel to be installed with windwings, an advanced wind-assisted propulsion technology that reduces fuel usage and CO2 emissions by up to 30%.
Installation of windings on the five-year-old, 80,962DWT Mitsubishi Corporation’s mega bulk carrier will begin the development phase at the beginning of 2023. The installation is part of the collaboration between Cargill and MC Shipping Ltd. signed in 2019, aiming to reduce emissions and save energy from international shipping.
Yara Marine Technologies the producer of windwings will deliver two windwings to the vessel, one wing funded by the European Union as part of the EU Horizon 2020 Project CHEK launched to bring solutions for decarbonizing international shipping.
The First Vessel to be Installed with Windwings.
Speaking about the project Takafumi Oka, General Manager, Ship Department of Mitsubishi Corporation said that the partnership with Cargill demonstrates the collaborative effort that is required to align strategic objectives among the stakeholders and ensure the global fleet can keep pace with evolving demands to reduce the environmental impact of our industry.
“Cargill and MC Shipping are working together to bridge the gap between ship-owner and charterer, with a desire to implement technologies that will benefit not just both parties, but the industry and the planet at large.” Mr. Takafumi added.
“Windwings is a cutting-edge technology enabling the use of emission-free wind onboard vessels. We are delighted to reach this major milestone in accelerating the phase of delivering Windwings to vessels” The installation of two Windwings onboard Pyxis Ocean is significantly the first and will be the first of many” says Thomas Koniordos, CEO of Yara Marine.
Mr. Koniordos further added that Cargill and MC Shipping are companies dedicated to making bold moves to decarbonize and that Yara Marine is thrilled to be collaborating with them to help the shipping industry move a big step forward.