Smart Green Shipping and NTS join Winds of Change

Smart Green Shipping (SGS) announced their collaboration with Nuclear Transport Solutions (NTS) as part of the Winds of Change environmental shipping initiative.

Winds of Change is a deeply collaborative 2-year project to assess technical, commercial and environmental viability of using 21st century wing sail designs to provide direct thrust to commercial ships.

The ‘Winds of Change’ project will run from April 2023 to March 2025. SGS is currently installing a land-based test and demonstration FastRig at Hunterston Parc in Scotland. The learning from this project informs the safety, technical and performance parameters for the on-ship installation scheduled for 2024.

If we are successful this will give comfort to shipowners and managers that this technology will not compromise their strict safety protocols.

… said Di Gilpin, SGS CEO

The ‘Winds of Change’ project is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 3 (CMDC3), which was announced in September 2022, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with InnovateUK.

As part of the CMDC3, the Department allocated £60m to 19 flagship projects supported by 92 UK organisations to deliver real world demonstration R&D projects in clean maritime solutions. Projects will take place in multiple locations around the UK from as far north as the Shetland Isles and as far south as Cornwall.

We are looking forward to working with SGS to address the highly complex technical challenges that arise from retrofitting wind-assist technology onto merchant vessels.

… said Andy Milling, Marine Manager, at NTS

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