A lot of sailors and even non-sailors have a soft spot for the sailing ships from the great age of sail, the Clipper Ships in particular, that combine advanced engineering with amazing style…for their time. So, many still think that sail power can be both more efficient than straight diesel engines and much more friendly to the environment. Check out this new sailing ship design of the future on gCapatin’s website.
A German-led initiative to build the world’s largest sailing cargo ship has moved one step closer to realization with Lloyd’s Register signing on to ensure compliance of the project.
Lloyd’s Register announced Monday it has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project, an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo aiming to build the world’s largest sail-powered cargo ship.
The project outlines a plan to build a 170-meter car carrier, capable of carrying between 1,700 and 2,000 cars, which will be equipped with four masts and will operate on hybrid propulsion with sails and diesel-electric engines, and an optional battery system for peak loads. The vessel will be capable of sailing at 10-12 knots with the aim of reaching 14-16 knots in the next few years through combined expertise. Read more.