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South Korea develops wing-sail auxiliary propulsion system for ships

South Korea develops wing-sail auxiliary propulsion system for ships

As a result of a joint research project between KSOE and SK Shipping, class society DNV GL has granted Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering (KSOE) an approval in principle (AIP) for a wing-sail auxiliary propulsion system for ships.

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The design of the wing sail is 20 m wide, 50 m high and vertically mounted on both sides of the deck. In order to provide auxiliary propulsion for the ship, it rotates its wings according to the direction and strength of the wind. In the event of bad weather or while going under a bridge, the wing can be lowered to 10 m in height, making it flexible.

“We are speeding up efforts to bring eco-friendly technologies to the market. The wing sail system will reduce fuel consumption by more than 6%. We will take the lead in the next-generation ship market and continue to strengthen our technological competitiveness," stated Hyunjoon Shin, head of the future ship research department of KSOE.

It is possible to install the latest wing sail propulsion system on several vessel types.

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