Wallenius Wilhelmsen is developing the world’s first full-scale RoRo ship, Orcelle Wind. But in today’s world of cost focus and just-in-time logistics, could wind actually be an option for reaching zero-emission propulsion?

In their next voyage to zero-emissions, Wallenius Wilhelmsen is developing a wind-powered Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC)​. Building on the Oceanbird concept developed by maritime consultancy Wallenius Marine, they will take the concept forward by applying its  extensive knowledge from the RoRo business to the detailed design of the vessel’s features – like its cargo, storage areas – assess areas for operation, and conduct a comprehensive viability evaluation. 

With a concept that Wallenius Wilhelmsen deems viable for commercial operation, a second phase of the project will be initiated: The building and commissioning of the first ship of its kind. The goal is to have a design ready for contracting with a shipyard by mid-2022, and a finished vessel ready for the high seas by 2025.

The vessel will:

  • Use wind as the main form of propulsion
  • operate at speeds of 10-12 knots under sail that can be increased with the supplemental power system
  • Reduce emissions by as much as 90 percent
  • Have a capacity to carry 7000 cars along with breakbulk and rolling equipment
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