Gallery: Dykstra Proposes Putting Modern Automatic Sails On Large Conta...

 

For several years now, many naval firms have proposed bringing back sails on modern ships in order to reduce fuel consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Ideas have ranged from utilizing solar sails to employing old-fashioned sheet sails. But now Dutch company Dykstra Naval Architects has put forward plans for a new concept sail-powered ship. Dubbed ‘The Ecoliner Fair Winds‘, the vessel has four massive “automatic” sails that use satellite-based weather data to harness the wind and calculate the most optimal route for the ship. The system could enable shipping fleets the world over to reduce the CO2 footprint of their fleet.

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