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November 2018

Series of IWSA Events in Hamburg, Germany

Hosted by Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA)
Supported by: MARIKO (DE), HSBA (DE), Utopia Navalis (DE),Shipping Professional Network in Hamburg e.V. (SPNH) (DE), eConowind (NL), Dykstra NA (NL), Norsepower (FIN) & FinOcean (FIN)


16th November – Wind Propulsion Stakeholders Roundtable – from 1500-1730 – hosted by Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) Address: Alter Wall 38, 20457, Hamburg
We are inviting stakeholders in the region to this initial consultative roundtable concerning the development of the wind propulsion hub for the North Sea/Baltic region – we value your input and please register by sending your name, company/position and contact details to 

16th November – Press Lunch – from 1200-1430 – hosted by Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) = address: Alter Wall 38, 20457, Hamburg

Theme: Wind Energy – Decarbonisation – Shipping
Invitations to members of the press – this press event will have a number of presentations from IWSA and members and will focus on latest developments in the wind propulsion segment and news of the development of the wind propulsion hub for the North Sea and Baltic region. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Please register by sending your name, company/position and contact details to 

15th November – IWSA Wind Propulsion Seminar/Maritime Lounge  from 1800-2030 – hosted by Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) = address: Alter Wall 38, 20457, Hamburg
All those interested to learn more about wind propulion technologies, projects and the latest news with a glass of wine and good company, then please join us!!!  Free to Register – send your name, company/position and contact details to 

13th NovemberWind Propulsion Hub Core Team Roundtable – hosted by MARIKO at Hochschule Emden Leer, 1200-1430. Discussion on establishing the hub for the North Sea and Baltic region. Inivitation event.

10th November – IWSA Secretary presenting at Maritime Nacht at the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH) event 1700-2200. Download flyer:  tu_maritime_nacht_2018_flyer

7th November – IWSA Secretary presenting at Safety4Sea Conference in Hamburg. IWSA is an offical supporting organisation for the free to register event. This is a full day event (09:00 to 17:00) at Empire Riverside Hotel, Hamburg. Register here:


Remember there are a number of conferences this month that IWSA is an official supporting organisation – members discounts are available – full information is on our Maritime Events page

27 – 28 November – Shipping 2030 Middle East – – co-located with Global Liner Middle East, and Shiptech – Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, UAE   Conference Agenda:

14-16 November: Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference – – Empire Riverside Hotel, Hamburg, Germany Download conference brochure:

14-16 November – 6th Sustainable Ocean Summit – New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel, 72 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong   To register for the event click here.

12-14 November 2018: Shipping2030 North America  & Green Ship Technology (GST) North America, Intercontinental Times Square, NYC, NY, USA

5-7 November – CrewConnect Global  & Cruise Connect Summit – Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines — Visit the Conference:
Download the Agenda:

October 2018


01 November 2018 Time: 9.00am-11.30am (Fiji Time +12GMT) Join via free to air Livestream:

On 8-10 November, Pacific transport leaders meet in Suva to talanoa the immediate need to set clear decarbonisation routes for this sector at the international, regional and national level. This webinar by leading experts presents the science from a range of perspectives to support this critical Pacific debate.


Albon Ishoda (Charge de Affaire, Suva Embassy, RMI) and Taholo Kami (Special advisor COP23 Secretariat)

Panelists will debate pre-recorded presentations followed by moderated discussion with an invited audience


Tristan Smith, University College London – from Global to the Village – what does the IMO roadmap mean for the Paris Agreement and what are the impacts on the Pacific?

Jimmy Nuake, Solomon Islands Government from Village to Global – why is the Pacific in the IMO roadmap process and what are the red lines for SIDS?

Frida Youssef, UNCTAD Transport, Trade, SDGs – what does decarbonizing shipping mean for SIDS and sustainable development?

Michael Vahs, Hochschule Emden/Leer what are the technologies available today and what’s on the horizon for Pacific scale shipping?
Faranisese Kinivuwai, Fiji Government what are the challenges for government in decarbonisation planning?
Peter French, World Food Programme Decarbonizing shipping – an opportunity or a challenge for disaster response?

Simon Bennett, China Navigation Company Decarbonisation and Pacific shipping – a progressive industry perspective.

Upcoming Event – Sail Cargo Alliance – New Dawn Traders, Bessie Ellen Event in Bristol, UK

03 November – Bristol Stands By for First Delivery of Sailed Cargo Since the early 1900’s

One of the last surviving West Country trading ketches is currently on its way to Bristol, from Portugal with a cargo of wine, olive oil, almonds, chestnuts and salt, all from small producers and cooperatives.  The Bessie Ellen is was part of a fleet that once stood at nearly 700 from 1900 to 1930 when working sailing ships were an everyday sight in English ports and harbours.  Please join us to welcome the vessel, it’ crew and cargo to Bristol!!

Here is the link to the brochure for products available for pre-order :, orders  Further event info: – for Bristol and the event link for Falmouth is:

October 24-25 –IWSA Secretary General presenting on Alternative Marine Propulsion and Sustainable Shipping Technology for Developing Countries at the International Seminar on Sustainable Shipping in Developing Countries at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

October 23 – Webinar – Distinguishing the right roadmap to drive industry wide decarbonisation – With the 2050 vision in place and a commitment from the IMO on GHG strategy integration, this panel will look specifically at what the driving factors behind decarbonization and the steps that the global shipping market needs to take. Diane Gilpin (SGSA) & Gavin Allwright (IWSA) discuss the issues.


SkySails Yacht GmbH – SkySails Yacht GmbH with headquarters in Hamburg/Germany is the market and technology leader in the field of automated towing kite systems for large yachts and superyachts. The company draws upon 17 years of experience of its parent company SkySails Group GmbH which is renowned for its innovative towing kite wind propulsion system for cargo vessels. SkySails is the first company in the world that has succeeded to develop kite technology as an industrial application with kites as large as 400m² delivering up to 2,000kW of propulsion power. The SkySails technology is patented worldwide.

In the last few years, SkySails Group has extended its product range based upon its towing kite core technology: Next to developing a propulsion system for the use on yachts (SkySails Yacht GmbH) and for generating power from high altitude winds (SkySails Power GmbH, visit the company specialized in the development of performance management systems for commercial vessels and has emerged to one of the leading providers in this market (SkySails Marine Performance)

Press releases:

180925_PR_Solar catamaran R4W anchors off The Brando
170601_PR_Zero Emissions – World’s first SkySails-Yacht successfully crosses the Atlantic 170421_EN_PR_SkySails launches kite drive for yachts

TU Delft has a new webpage devoted to wind-assist:

Download flyer: SWZ04_2018_WASP Kolk

“Wind-assisted ship propulsion is a dedicated research theme at the Ship Hydromechanics section of Delft University of Technology. This research program is conducted in close cooperation with partners across the Dutch maritime sector. Relevant research topics encompass a wide range of disciplines, extending beyond physical modelling to include logistics and economics. The further development of this promising technology, and its eventual implementation, will be made possible by these academic, research and industry partners working in concert. The Ship Hydromechanics section is actively pursuing further collaboration with parties interested in this work. ”   Contact: Nico Van Der Kolk –

New Opening: Mechanical Engineer  @Bound4Blue

The successful candidate will be joining bound4blue’s core team in Rubí-Barcelona (Spain) and will be in charge of the product design (structural stress analysis and mechanisms design) and mechanical engineering tasks for wingsail design, manufacture and adaptation for several real integrations in real vessels (upcoming projects: integration of a 30 m wingsail unit in a 120 m dry-bulk vessel and a 20 m unit in a 60 m cargo vessel). The candidate will contribute to the implementation and sea trials of bound4blue’s wingsail system as a member of the engineering team.Download Job Decription: Job Offer – Mechanical Engineer

04 OctoberFINAL CALL for participants for the EU Interreg Proposal Call for Wind-Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP). This 3-year EU subsidized project will bring a number of wind propulsion technologies to live trials, monitoring and evaluating performance and developing pathways to further uptake. Currently there is room for additional ship owners interested to trial the technologies on their vessels.
Deadline for Expression of Interest Submissions should be 10 Oct, – you can download the WASP framework paper here – WASP Framework NSR – 4-9-18
Expression of Interest template here – EOI fill template WASP Simple

Save the Date: Blueweek & Natural Propulsion Seminar – coming to Paris 27-29 May 2019
A call for papers will follow soon.

Many thanks to all of the IWSA members that had booths at SMM 2018 and those that visited. There has been a surge of interest in wind propulsion technologies in general and of course in the developments in the Flettner rotor technology, where we now have 6 vessels at sea with 14 rotors in operation – bulker, tanker, roro, ferry/cruise and general cargo segments.
SMM2020 will be an important event, and IWSA and it’s members are already planning our activities for two years time – see you there!!!.

September 2018

Upcoming Event
Electric & Hybrid Propulsion seminar with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy is fast approaching – to be held on 16-17 October in America Square (Cavendish Venues), London. As IWSA is an official supporting organisation, IWSA members and registered supporters receive a 20% discount, please use this link when posting:

10 September
Thank you to all of the visitors to iWSA member booths at SMM last week. The IWSA Secretary met and talked with more than 300 industry visitors and journalists during the 3 days he was there and Gavin was really pleased to find such positive and engaging attitudes to the development of wind propulsion at both the conferences and in the trade show.

03 September: Three Wind Propulsion Articles Publisshed in Fairplay IHS

Blue Technology


Dasivedo Design – Tig Rig

01 September – Article: Five Misconceptions of Wind Propulsion for Commercial Shipping

There will be five IWSA members at this year’s SMM 2018, 4th-7th September – one of the largest shipping events in the world. This is a great opportunity to meet and learn more about wind propulsion technologies, windship projects and the technical side of these low carbon solutions.
MariGreen, Ecoship, Bound4Blue, Norsepower & MARIN – more details in Flyer and postings below.

Download Press Release (21 August) Press Release – Welcome to the Future of Shipping – Follow the Wind at SMM2018

Download SMM Flyer (Hi-Resolution PDF) — Future of Shipping – Follow the Wind
SMM FLYER 2018_web (A4)
SMM FLYER 2018_web_B5

SMM Website & Registration

IWSA Members Exhibitors at SMM 2018

Bound4Blue (Hall A5 – booth 100)

Download Brochure:
Pamphlet B4B-IWSA-SMM

MARIN (Hall B2.EG – booth 320)

Download MARIN Wind Propulsion Reports:
Performance of Wind Assisted Ships – WASP

R122_11-13_Zero-emission shipping meets high-level sports

WiSPJIP Leaflet v10

Peace Boat: Ecoship (Hall A5 – booth 110)

Read more about Technology:
Watch Promotional Video

MariGreen (Hall A5 – booth 204)

Download Report & Factsheet:

MariGreen general project Info


Norsepower (Hall A5 – booth 302)

Download Norsepower Brochure & Latest Newsletter:

Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution brochure 2018
Norsepower News 2018-06-25


30 August –  Wind Propulsion First – Installation of 2 x 30m Rotorsails on Maersk Tanker

Congratulations to the Norsepower team on the installation of 2 x 30m Rotorsails on Maersk Tanker’s 109,000dwt MV Pelican, estimated to save 7-10% fuel. Another stride forward in commercial wind propulsion. Brings to 6 vessels fitted with rotor rigs covering tanker, bulker, ferry/cruise, RoRo and general cargo segments.

Rotor Sails Fitted on board Maersk’s Tanker in a World’s 1st

27 August – IWSA Secretary Interview – Safety4Sea

Wind propulsion a realistic choice toward decarbonisation

“In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Mr. Gavin Allwright, Secretary of the International Windship Association (IWSA), mentions that industry has realized wind propulsion is a realistic choice for a more sustainable future and refers to the existing wind assisted marine projects. Although the viability of these installations is starting to be proved, there are still barriers for the industry to overcome with perception being on top of these.  Nonetheless, the industry is setting the ground to adopt more wind propulsion installations; namely the aim of IWSA since its foundation in 2014 has been toward that end. After explaining how industry can embrace decarbonisation, Mr Allwright concludes that we need to change mindset and think about the long term. In this context, industry should advocate for clear regulatory framework, new technologies, alternative fuel development and a more standardized circular economy approach.”

We are delighted to welcome a new set of members and registered supporters and we look forward to working with you to deliver sustainable wind propulsion shipping solutions.

Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport [MCST] (Marshall Islands) – new Member

Reminder – SAVE the DATE (MCST Transport Form) – Save the Date Transport Forum Flyer_2 July1 (2)

Go Sail Cargo (Australia) – new Associate Member

Schormanns Maritima (Germany) – upgrade to Associate Member

Oceanfoil (UK) – new member webpage uploaded

A warm welcome to the following new IWSA registered supporters:

Capt.Raghuraman Kesavan (India)
Mr. Epaminondas Banos, Chemical & Environmental Engineer (Greece)
Baptiste Labat – Nautilabs/Project Robokite (France)

Volunteer Opportunity – Refitting Sail Cargo Vessel

The SV Lo Entropy, a purpose built steel sailing cargo vessel with 50 tonne cargo capacity and berths for 12 passengers is undergoing a refit in Hundested, not far from Copenhagen, Denmark and Geoff, the captain is eager to crack on and get the work completed in time for an inaugural voyage through the Baltic and North Sea as early next year as possible. There is still a lot of work to do, and volunteers are welcome over the next couple of months to help move the project forward.
If you have carpentry, mechanical, metal fabrication or other relevant skills and would like to spend a few days or weeks working alongside Geoff, then you will be most welcome. Basic accomodation will be provided aboard the boat and as a thank you volunteers will also be offered a berth on one of inaugural voyage legs next year – if you are interested please contact Geoff on


July 2018


14-15 August – World Maritime University – 2-day seminar as part of Sustainability Project Development Seminar Series– preparing students to develop maritime sustainable develop projects on return to their respective countries. [Education Program]

Pays de la Loire Region – IWSA & Ambition Maritime Regionale Strategy Document.

Pays de la Loire region in western France mentioned IWSA within its strategical document for maritime ambition. The recently initiated local IWSA Europe Atlantic hub participated in the definition of this document through the Assemblée Régionale Mer et Littoral This demonstrates regional ambition to push forward maritime innovation as well as the quick integration of the local IWSA hub within French maritime industry landscape.
A network of such IWSA hubs is being developed in several European regions, linking together local stakeholders at a broader scale and we will be extending this network overseas as capacity and resources become available.

IWSA Quarterly Newsletter – if you would like a copy of the newsletter please contact send your contact details to

Upcoming Shipping Conferences [IWSA Official Supporting Organisation]

SeptemberShipping2030 Asia – co-located with Global Liner Asia, Shanghai, China

October – Green Cruise & Green Ports Conference, Valencia, Spain America

NovemberMotorships – Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference – Hamburg, Germany
Shipping 2030 Middle East- co-lcoated with Global Liner Middle East, and Shiptech, Dubai, UAE
-GST North America – co-located with Shipping2030 North America, New York, USA

Further details will follow shortly – IWSA members & registered supporters will receive special ticket discounts. – for more information contact


SAVE the DATE – Pacific Islands Transport Forum & Expo 6-11 Nov

The Pacific has urged the world to take urgent action on climate change. Now is the time to agree a plan for how we decarbonize at home. Hosted by the Governments of Fiji and the Marshall Islands and The University of the South Pacific, the Ministerial Forum (8-10 Nov) & Expo (6-11 Nov) seek to:

  • Prioritise transport decarbonisation as key to climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Showcase the latest science and technology available
  • Set clear pathways for national action plans under a coordinated regional transition programme
  • Bring together stakeholders and actors from the village to the global, from governments, industry, civil society and academies

All those with interest in this critical sector, please register your interest in attending and being part of the solution. A full programme and call for posters and sponsors will follow shortly. Download Flyer – Save the Date Transport Forum Flyer_2 July1 (2)
Micronesia Centre for Sustainable Transport 

June 2018

Interreg North Sea Region Project Proposal – Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion, (WASP)

Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion, (WASP) experiments have potential to reduce fuel consumption with 5 to 25% and is an potentially emerging after sales market. Some experiments are running and start-ups are in preparation. For a market adoption third party validation and proven concepts are needed to enable a viable business. The WASP’s project aims at connecting new and existing WASP real life trials, creating more credible data and preconditions leading to a market penetration of WASP solutions, thus greening NSR economy. (Quick win is possible, WASP’s can be installed on existing vessels in operation).  WASP Framework NSR

If you are interested to engage with this project, please contact Robbert van Hasselt r.v.hasselt(at)

21 JuneNew IWSA Membership & Registered Supporters – IWSA is very pleased to welcome a new set of members and registered supporters. We look forward to working together to bring commercial wind propulsions solutions to the market.

Oceanfoil (UK) – Full Member


Peutz BV (Netherlands) – Associate Member


The Windschip Project (Netherlands) – Associate Member (Upgrade)


Verna Inventions (France) – Registered Supporter


Professor  Michele Acciaro, Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics at Kühne Logistics University [KLU] (Germany) – Registered Supporter



18 June – Article – Wind propulsion gathers momentum as installations prove successful  (The Naval Architect: June 2018)

‘Within the last decade, wind propulsion technologies intended for maritime applications have undergone a period of development and testing that has culminated in a handful of installations on board commercial vessels. Whilst most innovations in shipping follow this path, such progress is unexpected in the case of wind propulsion given the long- standing (and somewhat ironic) tendency to see modern maritime wind propulsion technologies as futurist imaginings: interesting to engineers but with little practical or economic benefit.

Wind’s change in fortune has been spurred primarily by the growing pressure on the shipping industry to reduce emissions, which has become a regulatory issue following the IMO’s agreement of its initial GHG strategy, requiring a 50% reduction of CO2 emissions (compared to 2008 levels) by 2050. As interest in hybrid solutions to meet the emissions challenge has grown, wind has continued to gain legitimacy, particularly as a primary renewable that is free at the point of use, faces no bunkering issues, and does not need to be ‘generated’ as electricity, hydrogen, and biogas do.’

13 June – Article –  Growing interest in wind-power to help shipping achieve CO₂ emission targets  (IHS Fairplay)

” ….the potential importance of wind propulsion as part of the solution for achieving the IMO’s GHG emission goals is underscored by the findings of a number of recent research papers setting out future fuel options for shipping.

Recent Shipping Reports (Wind propulsion uptake & potential)

“Assessment of selected alternative fuels and technologies” DNV GL
“Decarbonising Maritime Transport by 2035” International Transport Forum (ITF)
“Zero Emission Vessels: What needs to be done?” Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI)
“Study on the analysis of market potentials and market barriers for wind propulsion technologies for ships” EU DG Climate Action (CE Delft, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, Fraunhofer ISI, and Chalmers University of Technology.)

IWSA Linkedin Group
Interested in the latest developments in wind propulsion? Would like to join the conversation? Come and join the IWSA linkedin group – over 370 members to date, leading experts in the field, project leaders and key members of the shipping industry.

26-27 June – MTCC-Caribbean 3rd National Workshop (1st Southern Sub-regional), Trinidad and Tobago
IWSA Secretary will make a presentation on the development of wind propulsion and the potential for fuel savings in the fleet, along with small vessel developments and projects. MTCC Caribbean is one of the five Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres established and funded by the EU and implemented by the IMO. IWSA is supporting the development of these centres as a member of the Global MTCC Network (GMN) stakeholder advisory committee at the IMO.

31st May – 18 June  – Eco-Flettner Installation – Follow Daily Updates
Congratulations to the Eco-Flettner team on moving forward with the installation on the MV Fehn Pollux, you can follow the daily progress on the MARIKO website

08 June: Article: Cheap oil killed sailing ships. Now they’re back and totally tubular

In the increasingly desperate search for cheap, clean, sea power, one company has turned to a 100-year-old invention: a sail… that looks like a tube

05 June – New IWSA Membership & Registered Supporters – IWSA is very pleased to welcome the latest set of members and registered supporters. We look forward to working together to bring commercial wind propulsion to the market.

Anemoi Marine Technologies (UK) – Full Member

Hamburg School of Business Administration [HSBA] (Germany) – Upgraded to Associate Member

Pacific Island Development Forum [PIDF] (Fiji) – Registered Supporter

Peter Mollema, Strategy Advisor Port of Rotterdam Authority (Netherlands) – Registered Supporter

Bosgraaf Yacht Design (Netherlands) – Registered Supporter

03 June – Congratulatons to the team at EcoFlettner and MARIKO working on the first installation of the EcoFlettner on the 4,200dwt general cargo vessel, MV Fehn Pollux. Looking forward to posting more information on the installation and the project progress as she undergoes seatrials.



Natural Propulsion Seminar & IWSA AGM

A big thank you to everyone that attended our Annual General Meeting at STC in Rotterdam and the AGM report and minutes will be shared with members and registered supporters by the end of the week. Also a big thank you to all of the presenters (including our members Norsepower, STX France, Wind + Wing, eConowind, Daviesdo Design, TankerProa, VPLP, TU Delft & MARIN) and attendees at the Natural Propulsion Seminar too. Also a big thank you goes out to STC and the City of Rotterdam for hosting the conference as well as the team from MARIN that made everything possible.
As always, the NPS and IWSA AGM were a great opportunity to network, catch up with projects and hear about the latest developments and I look forward to next year’s event.

May 2018

PRESS RELEASE – Press Release – Natural Propulsion Seminar 30May2018

30th May – Natural Propulsion Seminar, hosted by City of Rotterdam & STC. Organised by MARIN in cooperation with IWSA. IWSA Secretary will chair the seminar again this year – final call to register for this event – Free of Charge

Great line up of speakers includes:

  • Installation of Norsepower Rotor Sail on board Viking Grace, Norsepower, Finland
  • Zephir & Boree, Sail Shipping Company, CNIM, France
  • Innovative large sail technology for a new cruise experience, STX France, France
  • Wind+Wing developments; scaling up, Wind+Wing Technologies, USA
  • Net Zero Sail Propulsion for Tankers with the TankerProa, Innovative Marine Technology, USA
  • The Tig Rig Retrofit Sail System, Dasivedo, Canada
  • Ventifoil developments, eConowind, the Netherlands
  • Development of global wind power industry, as inspiration for wind assistance on ships, World Wind Energy Association, Germany (Secretary General Stefan Gsänger)
  • BICEPS Network: shippers demand sustainable ocean shipping, FrieslandCampina Corporate Procurement, the Netherlands
  • Has hydrogen potential to be used as a marine fuel?, CMB, Belgium
  • Sustainability and wind assistance in shipping at the TU Delft, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • Systematic variation of wind assisted ship designs, MARIN, The Netherlands

29 May – IWSA Annual General Meeting, Rotterdam
Looking forward to meeting IWSA members and supporters for a day of discussion, strategy and sharing a vision of a sustainable, wind powered future for shipping. Contact if you would like to attend.


16 May – Norsepower wins prestigious WWF 2018 Climate Solver Award

Norsepower Oy Ltd., the leading provider of low-maintenance, software operated, and data verified auxiliary wind propulsion systems, today announced that it is one of just five recipients of the 2018 WWF Climate Solver Nordic Award. The company is the only shipping industry organisation among this year’s five Climate Solver honourees from Nordic countries, who were recognised for their innovative technologies that have the potential to dramatically reduce carbon emissions or increase access to energy around the globe.

Press Release (English) e54153_539fd68b1a2246eca567ce11895fe865
Press Release (Finnish) e54153_6958ee8d7875445ba72e5e2a0ac24672

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15 May – IMO 70 Forum – IWSA Secretary attending IMO 70 year forum, discussion panels on the role and vision for the IMO at 70 years and the upcoming challenges. IWSA Member, Diane Gilpin, CEO of the Smart Green Shipping Alliance on the panel of experts.

IWSA looks forward to contributing to IMO MEPC and other GHG deliberations and will work with the industry on developing the tool box of wind propulsion solutions as a key component in the decarbonisation of the shipping industry. We will also continue to engage the shipping industry, regulators an the wider supply/logistics chain in creating a profitable, truly sustainable shipping fleet that is fit for purpose in the 21st Century.


15 May – Education Program – IWSA Presentation & Discussion with post graduate students from Hamburg School of Business Administation.

08 May – World Wind Energy Association AGM – IWSA Secretary General was warmly welcomed to the WWEA Annual General Meeting, WWEA represents hundreds of organisations around the world promoting wind energy and IWSA will be collaborating closely with the WWEA on developing and scaling the commercial wind propulsion in shipping sector. We look forward to welcoming WWEA Secretary general Stefan Gsanger to our AGM on 29th May in Rotterdam.

April 2018

25 April – IWSA Secretary General joined the Advisory Board for the Vessel Technology Assessment System (VTAS) project, being delivered by BMT, ETI & partners. We look forward to further discussing the pipeline of wind propulsion technologies and projects and the project to the IWSA network in the future. www.fuelefficient


19 April – RINA presentation at Newcastle University (UK) – IWSA secretary presenting and discussing developments in commercial wind propulsion with RINA chapter in NE England. Specific focus on recent Flettner rotor and Rotor sail installations along with pipeline of projects and innovations in other technology streams.


12-14 April – Sail Cargo Meeting in Port of Ostende – IWSA working with EU Intereg Dual Ports project Sail Cargo Network and the Sail Cargo Alliance to develop a North Sea region sail cargo support network for small vessels, and lay the groundwork for scaling and replicating the network around Europe.

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11 April – MEPC72 Press Release – IWSA – Wind Propulsion is an Essential Tool in Shipping’s Decarbonisation Efforts says the International Windship Association

TheInternational Windship Association  and our members supporting the call for urgent and ambitious decarbonisation of the industry. MEPC 72 – IWSA press release – For Immediate Release



Announcement – World’s 1st Ferry Fitted with Wind-Powered Rotor Sail –  Viking Line’s passenger ship M/S Viking Grace has been fitted with a Norsepower rotor sail for the utilization of wind power, becoming the world’s first passenger ship to feature the technology which will cut fuel consumption and reduce emissions by up to 900 tonnes annually.


Announcement – STX France (New IWSA member) has launched a carbon-free cruise design that uses wind as the main source of propulsion power,stx-france-launches-firstofitskind-carbonfree-cruise-concept_51059.htm

Announcement of New IWSA Members, Associate Members and Registered Supporters.

STX France -r
STX France – IWSA Member


Econowind logo JPEG (Black)
Econowind BV
IWSA Member


Dasivedo Design Ltd – New Member


Blue Technology  IWSA Member (New Website)

Thordon Bearings – IWSA Associate Member


Arista Shipping – IWSA Registered Supporter



12 April – Global MTCC Network event and meetings at the IMO. IWSA is working with the 5 centres to provide information on wind-assist and primary wind propulsion technologies and we are looking forward to further developing those ties.


09-13 April – IMO MEPC72 – IWSA Secretary attending MEPC 72 delibrations on substantial and urgent CO2 emission reductions. IWSA is supporting ambitious targets and wind propulsion provides an important part of the toolbox of technology that can decarbonise the sector.

March 2018


23 March – WMU seminar given by IWSA Secretary on wind propulsion and sustainability in shipping along with ITM power on Hydrogen. Thanks to students and staff for an interesting and stimulating discussion among students/lecturuers from China, Iran, Myanmar, Panama, Japan, Turkey, Nigeria, Indonesia, Uganda, Gambia and Italy


GST & Shipping2030 Europe20-23 March 2018, Copenhagen
Presentations and panel discussions on wind propulsion and maritime renewable energy throughout this year’s event. Norsepower, Blue Technology, Smart Green Shipping Alliance, Fair Winds Trust, Propelwind, Wind+Wing and the IWSA Secretary General.



14 March – The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) – Shipping Emissions Position Paper – Press Release


Position Available: Application deadline 01 April
Director, Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport – The University Of The South Pacific, Marshall Islands USP Campus

The development of sustainable forms of sea transport are vital to the region’s development and also a significant asset for Pacific island nations. However, emissions from current forms of sea transport are significant in contributing to climate change. The Micronesian Centre for Sustainable has been established by The University of the South Pacific in partnership with the government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands with the aim undertaking research on forms of sustainable sea transport. The University of the South Pacific (USP) supported by 12 Pacific Island Countries has a strong commitment to advance marine science, climate change research and Pacific studies. USP have a long record of working together in the ocean field, through several large-scale research and education programmes supported by the European Union and the Research Council of Norway, and through the exchange of researchers and students.

Requirements: A relevant PhD; Extensive knowledge of transport and linkages to climate change;
Evidenced experience in independent scientific research leading to successful outcomes.

Apply at:

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20th March – IWSA Strategy Meeting – Copenhagen – Executive committee meeting will be held in Copenhagen in advance of the larger IWSA meeting/AGM to be held this year on 29th May at Blueweek, in the Port of Rotterdam

Lo Entropy

19 March – Sail Cargo Event – Copenhagen
Captain Geoff Bourne is currently refitting his sail cargo vessel, the SV Lo Entropy in Hundestad, Denmark with the intention of operating her in the Baltic later this year onwards – carrying 36 tons of cargo and up to 8 passengers.

In preparation for that there will be an event introducing the project to cargo owners, freight forwarders, prospective investors etc.. Geoff, a veteran sail cargo captain in the Caribbean and East Africa, will be holding the short event on Monday, 19th March 2018, from approximately 1800-2000 in Copenhagen (exact location tbc) – he will introduce the vessel and his company plans, and IWSA secretary will talk about developments in wind propulsion and more specifically the support of the EU Intereg IV Dual Port Project – Sail Cargo Network (SCN) project that his operations will form a part of going forward.

Contact me if you are interested to attend, enjoy a glass or two of wine and talk about low carbon, sail cargo operations that are competitive with road transport and by far less environmentally damaging.


06-07 March – Green4Sea Presentation & Awards Ceremony – IWSA Secretary will prsent an overview of wind propulsion developments at the Green4Sea conference in Pireaus, Greece on 7th March followed by a panel discussion on propulsion alternatives for the future. This follows the Award ceremony on 6th March, where the Ambition 1.5C event is shortlisted for the Initiative of the Year Award – thank you all for voting.

February 2018


GST & Shipping2030 Europe20-23 March 2018, Copenhagen


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Join over 450 industry experts to discuss the latest in global regulations, digital trends, technology innovations, business risk and sustainable shipping. Key topics include 2020 Sulphur Cap, green ship design, hybrid & electric technology, cyber security & risk, data analytics, digital supply chain, vessel tracking, greener & smarter ports and vessels, technology integration & much more!

Download full event agenda:

Already confirmed speakers include:

  • BIMCO, Deputy Secretary General, Lars Pedersen
  • Danish Maritime Authority, Director, Per Sønderstrup
  • Danish Shipping, Head of Technical Affairs, Per Winther Christensen
  • Hapag-Lloyd AG, Director, Environmental Fleet Management, Wolfram Guntermann
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Vice President – Global Head of Environment, Roger Strevens
  • Danish Maritime, Deputy Director, Michael Prehn
  • UK Marine Alliance, Chairman, James Fanshawe CBE
  • Scandlines, SVP Route Management & Operations, Michael Petersen

Download full event agenda to explore what you will learn about and to view the latest speaker line-up:

If you have any questions about the event, contact  or +44 (0) 20 7017 5511.

Don’t forget to use VIP code FKT3394WS or follow this link: to SAVE 20%

Welcome Aboard to New IWSA Members & Registered Supporters


Detlev Löll Ingenieurbüro GmbH (Germany) – Member

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Finocean (Finland) – Associate Member

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Energy Tactics (Netherlands) – Supporter

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Britannia Sailing Trust (UK) – Supporter

Finn Volger – Engineer, Caterpillar (Germany) – Supporter

January 2018

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15 January – 3rd IWSA Europe Atlantique group meeting – excellent presentations from the Nantes Saint Nazaire Port, Avel Vor, Neoline and Zéphyr & Borée along with further discussions on the development of the wind propulsion hub and nominations for the steering committee.


Green Ship Technology (GST) 2018 – 20-23 March, Tivoli Congress Centre, Copenhagen

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A number of IWSA members will be presenting or on panel discussions during the event. More information and the GST 2018 agenda is available for download from

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Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan – Shortlisted for Initiative of the Year at Green4Sea 2018

Pleased to announce that the Ambition 1.5oC: Global Shipping’s Action Plan summit, held in Bonn on 13 Nov, 2017, has been shortlisted for the Green4Sea Initiative Award 2018. IWSA was instrumental in co-ordinating this important event along with other co-organisers, LR, MAN Diesel Turbo, MARIKO, Rightship, Danish Shipping and Green Ship of the Future, supported by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI 2040), Carbon War Room and UMAS.
The winner of this award is decided through public vote and so please take a minute to register your vote.



CMA 2018 –  12-14 March, 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut

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The CMA program this year focuses on the critical commercial demands of the industry from finance to disruptive business practices along with vital human and environmental elements so critical to profits and illustrative of the values vital to best practices.

This CMA is dedicated to providing the shipping community with insight into what is happening, access to the people and tools that are transforming the industry and the confidence to take action. There is current business intelligence from subject matter experts for every part of the industry.

Visit the following web-link to learn more and review the developing conference agenda:

As one of the official CMA 2018 supporters, IWSA members and registered supporters are eligible for a VIP pass to attend the event on a limited timeslot basis, if you would like to receive that pass or attend for the whole event, please contact IWSA Secretary for further discount details  and for further event information visit the CMA 2018 website


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IWSA AGM planned for either late February or March. Please submit your proposals for the IWSA strategy review, joint project proposals and other discussion points to

Location and date/time to be confirmed – all IWSA members and supporters welcome!


Blueweek 2018 – (including Natural Propulsion Seminar – 29 May) – 28-30 May, 2018 STC Lloydstraat 300, 3024 EA Rotterdam

If you wish to get involved and participate (though presentation of projects, proposal for new JIP or EU initiatives) in any of the below areas then complete and submit the proposal form.

  1. Natural Propulsion for the shipping industry (wind, solar, water)
  2. Natural Solutions (Nature inspired solutions)
  3. Ocean Energy (tidal, waves, biomass, floating wind, floating solar)
  4. Blue Life (use of the ocean for farming, protection ocean life

BlueWeek 2018 Rotterdam is naturally powered by STC Group, the City of Rotterdam and MARIN

General information page:

Specific information for speakers:

Proposal form:

December 2017

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21 Dec – IWSA member Neoline are on the frontpage of Le Marin, with a 3-page article on the project inside. “… an article to the return of sail in maritime transport at a the time of realization that it is necessary to exploit all the resources of technology, including those that turn towards techniques to diversify energy sources and increase the share of renewable energy while aiming for economic equilibrium.”

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Happy Holidays to all IWSA members around the world and our ever expanding network of supporters. The Executive committee and Secretary general wish you all a healthy and prosperous New Year and look forward to both the strategy review at the AGM in February and building on the solid work doen over the last few years.

Voorspoedige nuwe jaar // Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair // Xin nian yu kuai //Godt Nytí…r // Gelukkig nieuwjaar // Onnellista uutta vuotta // Bonne année //Ein frohes neues Jahr // Ευτυχισμένος ο καινούργιος χρόνος! // Hauoli Makahiki hou// Shana Tova // Selamat Tahun Baru // Felice Anno Nuovo or Buon anno // Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu// Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo // Felix sit annus novus // Godt Nytt í…r // Manigong Bagong Taon// Ia manuia le Tausaga Fou // Feliz año nuevo // Heri za Mwaka Mpya// Sawatdee Pi Mai // Chuc mung nam moi // Blwyddyn Newydd Dda// Nava Varsh Ki Haardik Shubh Kaamnaayen//Me Nomuni na marau ni siga ni sucu kei na tawase ni yabaki vou


15 Dec  – Support Operation Phoexix – Crowdfunding help for TOWT to rebuild their operations

Operation Phoenix, rebuilding TOWT operations after the fire that engulfed their warehouse
On Wednesday, November 15, late in the morning, the “Norwegian” houses in the southern corner of Douarnenez’s “Place de l’Enfer”(“Hell Square”) became engulfed in a devastating fire, as powerful as it was spectacular. Their storage space and family home, where Diana and Guillaume live with their little girl, were destroyed in this fire.

The immense outpouring of support from the whole town of Douarnenez and beyond, has given them the comfort and moral strength necessary to go back “down the mine” to recover traces of their “life before”. It has especially given them the opportunity to look further in terms of the company, the boats, the routes, the Port-Rhu … and their initiative to shape sail cargo shipping and build a decarbonated future!
Support this initiative –

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12 Dec  – Refit of Sail Cargo Vessel – Lo Entropy
SV Lo Entropy is currently being refitted in Hundestad, Denmark.

The aim is to upgrade the vessel for colder northern climes, and to carry up to 36 tonnes of cargo along with 4 cabins for a total of 8 passengers and a complement of 3 full time crew. This will allow the vessel to operate throughout the year in the Baltic Sea region/Kattegat and North Sea carrying both freight and passengers simultaneously, as well as the ability to undertake dive and other bespoke charter work when not carrying cargo, with 12 passengers.

Please check the website and any thoughts or advice on routes, securing cargo or if you would like to get involved with the project, whether as investors, skilled labour or advisors, please contact them.




06 Dec – MTCC Stakeholders Committee, International Maritime Organisation (IMO), London – The IWSA Secretary attended the opening event for this advisory committee. Delighted to meet the impressive team members that are staffing the 5 new Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres in Africa, Caribbean, Asia, Pacific and Latin America. IWSA is looking forward to actively engaging with the important work to be  undertaken by these MTCC centres

04 Dec – Global MTCC Network – Launch Event, IMO HQ, London

November 2017


21 Nov – Bremen Sustainable Shipping Conference, Bremen, Germany
IWSA Secretary delivers one of the keynote addresses focusing both on wind propulsion and also on the deliverables from the Ambition 1.5C event.

15 Nov – Press Conference – German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Bldg, 1400-1530 – thank you to BMUB for hosting the press conference and for supporting the Ambition 1.5C event as a whole.


13 Nov – Main Event: Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan, COP23, Bonn, Germany – a very successful event drawing together 150 leading industry experts, shipowners, technology providers and NGO’s along with 15 COP23 national delegations and ambassadors. There is still much to do to decarbonise the sector, however the goodwill and momentum coming out of this event is great. Further work on the Action plan itself is underway and we look forward to delivering more tangible outcomes and projects in the New Year.

10 Nov – Side Event: inside COP23 ‘Bonn Zone’ 1700-1800, German Pavilion – thank you to the attentive audience that joined us for this event. Also a big thank you to Lloyds Register, Sustainable Shipping Initiative, Peaceboat and NABU for participating in the interesting panel discussion.


Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) conference at Euroports, Rotterdam 08 Nov
5 presenters on wind propulsion projects and the hybrid systems required by wind assist and wind auxilliary vessels, including an update from IWSA Secretary, Norsepower & Bound4Blue projects.


Global Renewable Energy Solutions Showcase (GRESS) Conference – 07 Nov, Bonn, Germany
IWSA Secretary presented update of wind propulsion for commercial shipping to some of the leading developers of renewable energy worldwide. Thank you to our collaborative partner World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) for hosting and organising the event .

October 2017


Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan – 13 Nov
Next month IWSA will be participating in this important shipping event at the COP23 summit in Bonn, Germany. As one of the co-orgnaisers of the event, along with LR, MAN, Danish Shipping, Rightship, Green Ship of the Future & MARIKO, we have been deeply involved with putting the event together. The event will bring together 150 leading experts in the maritime, logistics, finance and technology fields to work on tangible actions to make a resilient, profitable and sustainable industry under a very tightly limited carbon budget. We are looking forward to working with our colleagues in the industry, engaging with NGO’s and UNFCCC delegates throughout this process and beyond.

Schedule of Events:
10 Nov – Side Event: inside COP23 ‘Bonn Zone’ 1700-1800, German Pavilion
13 Nov – Main Event: Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan
15 Nov – Press Conference – German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Bldg, 1400-1530


Article (Ship & Bunker): Shipping Veteran Backs Zero-Emissions Using Sail Power


27 October – IMO MTCC Stakeholders Committee – The IWSA Secretary will be sitting on this committee, which will be advising, promoting and helping to develop networks of the 5 new Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres in Africa, Caribbean, Asia, Pacific and Latin America. We look forward to actively engaging with the important work to be  undertaken by the MTCC centres, and applaud both the IMO and EU in implementing this program for these developing regions.


25 October – Green Investment Finance Forum , OECD, Paris – IWSA Secretary attended these proceedings and very interested to learn about the developments in green finance, while the feeling of many participants was that all finance needs to be ‘green’, strongly moving away from ‘black’ carbon investments – we hope that sentiment continues to grow quickly and that we see much larger scale investment moves into renewable,  resilient and ultra low impact investments in the very near future – urgent, ambitous and well crafted progress is needed.

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24 October – Nantes, France – Meeting of the French Wind Propulsion Cluster group discussing how to develop the program, finance and projects/collaborations going forward. Our colleague, Florent Violain, is coordinating these activities and we look forward to developing stronger ties with the maritime cluster, shipping companies, research institutions and the Nantes and the Pays d’Loire administrations in the future.


23-24 October – The Sail Cargo Network (SCN) team, supported by IWSA, will meet in Emden, North Germany at the EU Dualports conference to discuss the development of the North Sea sailing cargo network, progress and the pilot project for 2018.


On 07-08 November, the World Wind Energy Association will host the Global Renewable Energy Solutions Showcase (GRESS) at COP23, Bonn. During the COP23, the Renewable Eenergy industry will present its solutions in the context of a stand-alone event against the
COP23 delegates, including many decision-makers from governments, international  organizations and NGOs. The two main main topics will be full renewable energy supply and decentralization as an important characteristic of such RE supply. There will be a focus on transport solutions as part of the program and IWSA is proud to be an official supporter of this event.


16-17 October  – 2nd International Green Shipping Summit  Rotterdam – Venue: Hilton Hotel, Weena 10, 3012 CM Rotterdam, Netherlands
IWSA secretary, Gavin Allwright will moderate one of the panels at this summit.
Contact IWSA Secretary for discount details for IWSA members.


10-13 October – 12th GreenPort & GreenCruise Congress
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This will be held in Amsterdam this year, supported by the Port of Amsterdam, providing decision makers from the port community – port authorities, terminal operators, shipping lines, logistics operators – with a meeting place to both learn about and discuss the latest in sustainable development and environmental practice to enable them to effectively implement the changes needed to reduce their carbon footprint and to be more sensitive to environmental considerations.  The Congress aims to highlight innovations in equipment and technology to allow port users to adhere to policy, whilst illustrating practical solutions through case studies from the global logistics chain.

With the ongoing increase in numbers of passengers enjoying cruises, the GreenPort Cruise Conference provides a platform from which cruise terminal operators and other cruise stakeholders, including city representatives and cruise lines, can meet to discuss the many environmental issues surrounding this expanding industry.

This year Greenport will feature a presentation by IWSA executive commitee member, Madadh MaClaine on the development of a sail cargo network in the North Sea – Thursday 12 October 1640-1700  Program download

Contact IWSA Secretary for discount details for IWSA members.

September 2017


28 Sept – IWSA secretary presented windship developments, integrated propulsion hybrid systems and the need to look at the sector challenges from a systems approach. Excellent presentation on the developments in wind energy and direct propulsion kites, solar boat challenges etc. at IDTech Independent Electric Vehicles Conference at TU Delft, Netherlands.


Ambition 1.5oC: Global Shipping’s Action Plan summit at COP23 designated as an Official Climate Partner. The summit has been officially endorsed by a jury consisting of the UNFCCC partners; the incoming Fijian Presidency of COP23, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the City of Bonn. IWSA and the other co-organisers also extend a thank you to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) for their continued support in hosting a post summit press conference at their offices in Bonn at 1500-1630 on 15th November. If you would like to attend this press conference please contact me at or the event organisers.


19 Sept  – Press Release: Ambition 1.5oC: Global Shipping’s Action Plan summit at COP23
in English or in other Languages (German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese)
This event on 13th November in Bonn, will gather 150-200 invited, influential industry representatives and UNFCCC delegates to take action and create an Action Plan for the decarbonisation of the shipping industry. Work undertaken and subsequent strategies developed within the Action Plan will consider and include all active industry environmental work streams and initiatives. IWSA is proud to be one of the co-organisers and coordinator of this event, along with Danish Shipping, Lloyd’s Register, MARIKO, MAN Diesel Turbo, Green Ship of the Future and RightShip. Advisors include Sustainable Shipping Initiative and Carbon War Room.


Official Reviewer of the First Order Draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5 °C  – An important document outlining the critical development challenges facing the world under 1.5 °C. IWSA highlighting the need for an urgent, coordinated approach to the challenges of shipping at both a global and local scale and the swift uptake of low carbon technologies and operational approaches.


04-05 September – Shipping in Changing Climates – International Conference 2017

Taking place a week before the London International Shipping Week 2017, 4th -5th September 2017, the Shipping in Changing Climates consortium’s fourth international conference in association with Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), will present new research from academia and industry on the latest perspectives on shipping efficiency and emissions. University College London, Roberts Building, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE



GreenCruise & GreenPorts Congress is in it’s 12th year, and will be held in 10-13 October 2017 in Amsterdam, supported by the Port of Amsterdam, providing decision makers from the port community – port authorities, terminal operators, shipping lines, logistics operators – with a meeting place to both learn about and discuss the latest in sustainable development and environmental practice to enable them to effectively implement the changes needed to reduce their carbon footprint and to be more sensitive to environmental considerations.
IWSA is an official supporter and IWSA members are entitled to a 10% discount to attend, they can either book online via the link below, using the code GP memdiscgpc or contact the Events Team on 01329 825335.

August 2017

Lloyd’s List Article – What will power shipping in 2050?

Recent Lloyd’s List article has been attracting quite a bit of interest, 14 experts in the shipping field were asked their opinion on what would power shipping by 2050, the vast majority stated that wind propulsion would be the key development going forward (including IWSA), followed by batteries/electric tech.  


Call for Papers – 2nd International Conference on Smart & Green Technology for the Future of Marine Industries taking place on 23-24 April 2018, Glasgow, UK  – call for papers deadline 17th November  – More information can be viewed here


21-22 August – World Expo 2017 – Astana, Kazakhstan – IWSA guest presentation & engagement with world renewable energy sector & clean tech investment . Presentation during the Future Energy Forum – Conference 10, “Energy Solutions for the Climate Change Problem”
The Astana EXPO-2017 Future Energy Forum takes place in the Congress-Center located northwest of the main exhibition site. (21-22 August)


14-15 August – World Maritime University – 2-day seminar as part of Sustainability Project Development Seminar Series– preparing students to develop maritime sustainable develop projects on return to their respective countries. [Education Program]

July 2017

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21 July – University of Tokyo – IWSA seminar – Thank you to Waseda-sensei and the research team at the Department of Ocean Technology Policy and Environment, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences for organising the seminar, glad to see such a good turnout and also very interesting presentations on the latest developments in the Wind Challenger developments and test results. [Education Program]


20 July – Visit to Land based Test rig for the UT WindChallenger project –
at Iknow engineering, in Sasebo, near Nagasaki, Kyushu, Japan. The 1:2.5 scale test rig has produced solid, reliable and encouraging test data over the past 2 years of operation. Well located on a hill overlooking the bay, the rig has experienced a wide range of wind and marine conditions, however the team is now eager to move into the next stage of sea trials and the search for the best MOL operated, Oshima shipyard built bulker is underway. Looking forward to positive news in the second half of the year.


19 July – Visit to Mitsui OSK lines (MOL) HQ in Tokyo: presentation of IWSA and international wind propulsion developments. Meeting regarding the UT Wind Challenger project which will see large wind propulsion rigs retrofitted to MOL bulkers in the near future, a significant part of MOL’s low carbon/environment plans


Conference – 2nd International Green Shipping Summit
16-17 October, Rotterdam – Venue: Hilton Hotel, Weena 10, 3012 CM Rotterdam, Netherlands Contact IWSA Secretary for discount details for IWSA members.

14 July – IWSA Secretary Meeting with Peaceboat team in
Tokyo – exciting developments in the Ecoship project – looking forward to making further announcements in the near future – view video here


10 July – Meeting at ABTA HQ in London, IWSA secretary presenting wind propulsion developments to Sustainable Cruise group along with new Rotor Sail installation announcements on ferry/cruise vessels by Norsepower and Ecoship – new build – LOI announcement by Peaceboat.


03-07 July MEPC71 proceedings at IMO. IWSA representative attending the week long discussions, with a strong focus on pushing forward with the decarbonisation agenda, HFO use restrictions in the Arctic and other issues. The growing momentum on the decarbonisation agenda will lead to a very interesting year, as the industry chooses whether to move ahead with ambituous plans to aim at a significant contribution in line with a 1.5C target and the subsequent urgent and deep cuts that will be required. MEPC72 in April 2018 will be an important meeting, but a lot of work to do before that date.


November – Event Development Announcement: COP23, Bonn, Germany – Development is underway for a commercial and technology focused, industry-led event underway November 2017 – more details to follow soon

June 2017


IWSA Meeting: Nantes, France – Un hub Europe Atlantique de l’IWSA à Nantes, lancement le 29 juin  Further information

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Congratulations to our members Peaceboat on taking the important step forward with the signing of the Ecoship shipbuild LOI with the Finnish yard Arctech Helsinki – see  Press Release _ArcPBDNVGL 

May 2017


Meet the Norsepower team at Nor-Shipping 2017 (30 May -02 June) and check out the live demo of our award-winning Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution!

Visit Norsepower’s booth (Hall D, stand D03-28C)

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Press Release: Come Aboard the Sail Cargo Vessel Ceiba – Own part of the Sail Cargo Future      SAILCARGO INC. Press Release

SailCargo Inc. , Costa Rica, a young cargo shipping company is seeking investors –  now has a build site in Punta Morales, transport equipment, capital, and committed employees added to its team of experienced project managers.

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Research PaperOperational Performance of Wind Assisted Ships
Rogier Eggers, MARIN, Wageningen/Netherlands,

Abstract : The ‘Wind Hybrid Coaster’ was a sub project in MARITIM (2016) under the European INTERREG Deutschland-Nederland programme within which Dutch and German partners from the maritime industry and research institutions were developing a new type of “green” coastal ship equipped with a wind assisted hybrid propulsion system. MARIN was asked to predict the performance of the Wind Hybrid Coaster in a realistic operational scenario.

For this purpose MARIN conducted a large number of hydrodynamic model tests, powering predictions in calm water including wind assistance and finally voyage simulations for multiple routes including voyage optimisation.

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Latest News & Discussion

For the latest news and discussion on wind propulsion developments join our linkedin discussion group: International Windship Association

You can also follow us on twitter @iwsa_secretary



Electric and Hybrid Marine World Conference 2017 – 06-08 June
IWSA is an Official Supporter of the conference taking place in Amsterdam on 6-8 June.

The only international conference on Hybrid & Electric Ship Technology:  Dramatically reduce CO2 emissions and cut fuel costs – if you are interested in hearing about the latest technology, the latest projects, and speaking to industry leaders, you must attend the conference. Click Here to view the full programme – Over 50 Speakers, PLUS Meet Almost 200 Exhibitors.

IWSA members recieve a 15% discount for conference tickets – please contact with your details and we will arrange that directly

Presentation: Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary will be presenting an updated overview of the Wind Propulsion sector on Day 3:   Thursday 8th June 2017  Session: Innovative Hybrid Solutions
Speaker slot:  16:25 – 16:50

New IWSA Members – Welcome Aboard!

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Windship Technology (UK)
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Claudio Boezio – Naval architect (Germany)

April 2017

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Norshipping 2017: Young Enterpeneur of the Year goes to….Tuomas Riski, CEO of Norsepower, developer of Norsepower Rotor Sails. Congratulations Tuomas and we look forward to many more young wind propulsion entrepeneurs winning the prestigous award in the coming years.
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39th Motorship Propulsion & Emission Conference – 10-11 May, Grand Elysee Hotel, Hamburg ,Germany – IWSA official supporting organisation

Building or retrofitting vessels fit for the future, whatever it may hold, is more challenging than ever before. Environmental regulations, economic pressures and technological advances are already reshaping how the global merchant fleet is fuelled, powered and equipped. In light of these challenges, the 39th Motorship Propulsion & Emission Conference brings together owners/operators and equipment manufacturers to discuss technical advances and in-the-field experiences that will equip the industry to ‘future-proof’ the global merchant fleet.
Download Conference Programme: 39th Prop&Emiss 2017 Conf Prog

Book online at
IWSA members recieve additional 10% discount for bookings or you can contact: secretary(at) to arrange that.


22 AprilTimbercoast‘s S/V Avontuur has it’s arrival party in Bremen today, bringing 20 tons of coffee from the Caribbean.
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Message from Timbercoast & Arrival festival details:

We wish you and your family a very happy Easter Holiday and we trust you will find all the chocolate eggs on the Easter hunt!  We invite you to join us for the AVONTUUR Arrival Festival in either Bremen on April 22nd or in Eslfleth on April 29th.  Saturday, April 22nd at the Bremen Europahafen – Konsul-Schmidt-Str. 10 join us in celebration of World Earth Day.

11:00 Begin
11:30 AVONTUUR Arrival
12-13 Open Ship
13-17 Coffee unloading
17:00 Open Ship

Entertainment Program:
11:00 FREE All day sailing for kids
13:30 Music by bye bye
14:30 Capitan Bockermann Address
15:00 Music by Jana Hansmann
17:00 Music by Nagelritz

Organic coffee transported between continents by wind, the sailing cargo ship the AVONTUUR will arrive in Bremen on Earth Day 2017 signalling a fundamental shift towards a truly sustainable shipping culture. What better way to wake people up to the lackluster approach of the shipping industry towards global warming than through a cup of coffee?  
Germany is the largest coffee importer in the European Union and Bremen is the city at the centre of the trade.  Within Germany, the shipping of this daily ritual emits over 160,000 tons of CO2 per year which equivalent to 35,000 passenger vehicles be driven for one year.

In cooperation with EU Dual Port Project, IWSA and BREMEN BIKE IT.

Can you help us unload the coffee? If so, please right us back to

18 April


Linneaus University/Maritime Academy, Kalmar, Sweden Greening Maritime Transport – lecture and seminar – EU Vasco de Gama program. Discussing Sustainable Shipping and Wind Propulsion Technology, innovation and uptake in particular. Focused on where the technology and the industry are going in the coming decade. The challenges & interactions that the wind shipping industry faces when dealing with the industry, regulators, ports, transport consumers etc. The goals of the IWSA  and the steps that need to be taken to reach a more sustainable future in commercial shipping.


March 2017

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10 April – IWSA Meeting – we will hold a meeting from 1300-1700 on the day before the Natural Propulsion Seminar (below), at the same venue, please contact me if you would like to attend: Gavin Allwright, Secretary,

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Natural Propulsion Seminar, 11 April – IWSA in association with MARIN & Blueweek – 10-13th April, Den Helder, Netherlands. IWSA Secretary, Gavin Allwright will chair this year’s Natural Propulsion Seminar with an extensive list of expert presenters:

  • Reduction and market potentials of wind propulsion technologies for ships and how to reach them – CE Delft
  • Analysis of the reduction potential of wind propulsion technologies for ships – Tyndall Centre
  • Wind Assist Ship Performance Prediction – Strathclyde University
  • Quantifying the attainable fuel savings with wind assisted propulsion – Dykstra Naval Architects
  • Wind assistance and target reduction of the EEDI – MARIN
  • Analysis of the market potential and economic effects of wind propulsion technologies for ships – Fraunhofer ISI
  • Low hanging fruits in energy use and operator perspective towards Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP) – MARIN
  • Flettner-rotor technology – MARIKO and Hochschule Emden-Leer
  • Wingship system – Windship Technology
  • Maritime Transport 2.0 – Blue Technology
  • WASP, the status of DNA involvement and selected test cases – Dykstra Naval Architects



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14 March: Announcement

Norsepower announced a collaboration project with Royal Dutch Shell, Maersk Tankers and ETI to test two of their 30m rotor sails on a 109,000dwt Tanker. The rotor sails are due to be installed in the first half of 2018 and tested until the end of 2019.

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Education Program
24 March – IWSA Secretary:  Lecture & Seminar
on Wind propulsion, Innovation and Sustainable Shipping at the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden

IWSA Secretary on Panel Discussion – What will post-2020 ship look like? – Thursday 23 Mar, 09:25 – 10:00  at Green Ship Technology (GST) 2017 [Shipping2030 co-located with Green Ship Technology Europe]  IWSA Official Supporting Organisation
22 – 23 March 2017
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen


CMA 2017 – 32nd Annual Shipping Conference & Exhibition
Hilton Hotel, Stamford, Connecticut, USA
20-23 March 2017
IWSA Official Supporting Organisation
IWSA members contact for ticket discount details
Register Here


February 2017


Green Ship Technology (GST) 2017
[Shipping2030 co-located with Green Ship Technology Europe]
IWSA Official Supporting Organisation
22 – 23 March 2017
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen

Over 400 industry professionals will gather at the co-located Shipping2030 Europe and Green Ship Technology conferences to explore innovations and improvements for environmental excellence, get up to date with new regulatory developments and explore how technology will shape the future of shipping.
Events will dig deep into the key industry issues and devise innovative solutions to real business problems that can be implemented now, covering everything from smart ships, connectivity, big data, ballast water management and sulphur cap through to policy updates, new disruptive technologies and the future.
IWSA members can save 15%! Simply use promotional code MPFKT3287IWSA on the basket page during registration or visit

January 2017

Newly Released
EU commissioned report on: Study on the Analysis of Market Potentials & Market Barriers for Wind Propulsion Technologies for Ships

The study report, commissioned by the European Commission DG Climate Action last year, has been released. The CE Delft led team has covered a lot of ground and one of the headline conclusions includes: “In 2030, the market potential could amount to around 3,700–10,700 installed systems on bulkers and tankers, associated with approximately 3.5–7.5 Mt CO2 savings and 6,500–8,000 direct and 8,500–10,000 indirect jobs.”

IWSA will continue it work to facilitate and help to secure funding to assist with this scaling up of the sector in 2017-18, applying many of these recommendations to our EU activities and informing our programs worldwide. We look forward to sharing further developments with you in the near future.

Further details can be requested from CE Delft

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