One of the world’s biggest agricultural commodities traders plans to add massive wing sails to some of its cargo fleet to reduce fuel consumption and carbon-dioxide emissions.
Minnesota-based Cargill Inc., which charters about 600 vessels at any given time, wants to add sails to cargo ships to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent.
Worldwide shipping accounts for almost 3 percent of man-made carbon dioxide emissions, so a 30 percent reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions is a significant cut. Reduced fuel use won’t just be good for the environment, but also for profits.
The proposal could see ships fitted with three wing sails as early as 2022. The project is being done in partnership with BAR Technologies, a British firm spun off from Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR). Ainslie is the world’s most successful Olympic sailing medalist and an America’s Cup winner who is about to compete for Britain in the 2021 America’s Cup.
You can read more about the sailing cargo ships at Yahoo.