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Eco-Friendly Cruise Ships Powered by Sails in the Works

27th February 2021 - 11:00am

Eco-Friendly cruise ships powered by sails in the works

Eco-Friendly cruise ships powered by sails in the works

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Chantiers de l'Atlantique behind top vessels including MSC Grandiosa and Celebrity Apex, talked through the concept at an event this week, streamed live from the MSC Virtuosa, a still-to-be-inaugurated cruise ship also built at the yard.

 

Laurent Castaing (General Manager Chantiers de l'Atlantique) said that the team had long pinpointed sails as an eco-friendly cruising solution. However, cruise ships need large sails, which the team found tricky to construct with existing technology and fabrics.

 

So the shipyard decided something new and different was required.

 

The resulting design resembles, as the shipyard puts it, ‘an accordion’ with folding panels that make up a sailing rig to be used in tandem with an engine and propellers -- so it's not totally reliant on strong winds.

 

The sail's mast can also rotate and tilt, which the shipyard says will allow cruise ships to sail under bridges -- including those lining the Panama Canal.

 

Testing Phase

The Solid Sail/AeolDrive has been over a decade in the making and testing is still ongoing, so it'll be some time before these sails could top operating passenger ships.

 

There have been various testing stages, from the first step, a trial on a smaller sail on a J80 racing sailboat to the current one, installing a giant sail in the shipyard on a 38-meter mast this fall, which will extend to a 95-meter mast in 2022.


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Eco-Friendly cruise ships powered by sails in the works
Eco-Friendly cruise ships powered by sails in the works
Eco-Friendly cruise ships powered by sails in the works
Eco-Friendly cruise ships powered by sails in the works

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