We are happy to be invited as panelists at the METSTRADE tech talks! The METSTRADE is the largest trade show of marine equipment for yachts and leisure vessels and this year, for the first time, one of the tech talks will be on wind-assisted propulsion. We will discuss how wind assist can be used onboard large motor yachts, what are the differences compared to commercial ships, and what will be the major benefits for the owners.
At the 5th Innov'Sail Conference, our co-founder Nico van der Kolk presented some partial results of his machine learning based modeling for the hydro-mechanics of wind-assisted ships. This is a milestone achievement for the development of our state-of-the-art performance prediction software as it will allow us to calculate the hydrodynamic forces of a large variety of ship types in a quick yet accurate manner. The paper can be downloaded here.
Blue Wasp is committed to ongoing engagement with the research community to ever-improve its performance prediction tools.
Blue Wasp is glad to announce that will take part in the WISP Joint Industry Project organized by MARIN in cooperation with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The goal is to overcome the current barriers for the further uptake of wind-assisted propulsion and, in particular, to improve methods for transparent fuel-savings calculations. As contribution to the project, Blue Wasp brings its expertise on the aerodynamic modelling of Flettner rotors. This JIP is expected to run until autumn 2020.