WASP - Wind assisted ship propulsion
Research Project, 2019 – 2023

Global and NSR shipping contributes to 3% of anthropogenic emissions and increases. High wind potentials in the North Sea and innovative automated WPT; suction wings, flettner rotors, rigid, soft wings can harvest wind energy for propulsion and contribute to decarbonisation of transport.

Rising oil prices, emission reduction directives, ETS, IMO GHG strategy mean that WPT is increasingly commercially viable. WPT can be installed on existing as well as new build ships. WPT is future proof and offers quick solutions to save fuel costs and emissions up between 10% to 30%. Promising WPT are in operation now, like on the Ro-Ro Estraden, LR2 Tanker Pelican and the Fehn Pollux, they inspire the market to trial new WPT. Expertise about WPT in operation is poor, fragmented over different players in the NSR.

For WPT market adoption, third party validation of performance (capital/operational cost) and proven concepts are needed. WASP will set up and connect new and existing WPT NSR real life trials, create credible (third party) validated data and improve WPT concepts which will enable market penetration of WPT solutions and contribute to a greener sea transport. Transnational cooperation will the create critical mass required for market adoption.

5 real life trials will be realised on ships in operation, Universities and Naval architects will improve WPT, validate performance data and develop viable business models.


Jonas Ringsberg (contact)

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Marine Technology

Fabian Tillig

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Marine Technology


Boeckmans Ship Management

Antwerp, Belgium

Color Line Marine AS

Sandefjord, Norway

Danish Ecocouncil

Köpenhamn, Denmark

European Federation for Transport and Environment

Brussels, Belgium


Hamburg, Germany

International Windship Association

London, United Kingdom

KU Leuven

Leuven, Belgium

Kühne Logistics University

Hamburg, Germany

NL Maritime Technology Forum

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Nord University

Bodö, Norway

Scandlines Gedser-Rostock

Köpenhamn, Denmark

SSPA Sweden AB

Göteborg, Sweden

van Dam Shipping

Spijk, Netherlands

Wijnne Barends

Delfzijl, Netherlands



Funding Chalmers participation during 2019–2023


Funding Chalmers participation during 2019–2023

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