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Marine Design Annual
HISTORY DESIGN EVOLUTION
The Future is ‘blowin’ in the wind: a number of new ‘old’ technologies such as wind power are making serious in- roads in maritime design as the industry plots a course toward decarbonization.
Credit: Windship are simply the march of technology like ship autonomy. For my prediction I am
Thrustmaster’s patented T-Pod, electric podded reaching back to that painting. I am bet-
A?sw?lSsYOlS???lG??s?lSGwŽ?lG?ÐsGYlAYE?Žd??l ting that, in 20 years, commercial sail lS???lG??Žu?OŽYIŽ??Ž??S?d?sEAYEEsG?GuGuGÐl?sÐ will have found a new footing in com- vessel projects. mercial maritime.
I don’t think that sail will become a
With its permanent magnet motor in the pod dominant means of propulsion, but with
the pressures of carbon reduction, and a ?sOSlAYOuGOGA???A??ŽÐsAlGE?SAO?AYEdGA?sYO?
combination of parallel innovations, I am
starting to think that there will be a place dSs??GwŽ|G?OGA?uŽ??G?AYEswÐ?Ž|G??GusAdsusl?
for commercial sail in long haul bulk
grounding. The large propeller diameter and
I see quite a lot of sail propulsion pro- ?uGYEG?S?E?Ž?E?YAwsÐAuu??SAÐGEÐŽEI??lSG?
posals out there and, on a technological
level, some proposals make sense to me, and thrust.
and others make no sense at all, but what
I rarely see is a system analysis of the use lSG??GŽIw?uOÐuGdsG??OGYG?AlŽ??
of sail in bulk transportation.
The combination of incredibly im- ?GsOSlEs?l?sd?OŽYAYE?ÐAÐG proved communication methods, vastly ?Ous?AOŽY?
better weather and current predictions, and emerging sail technologies, inherent-
Learn more at: ly will make sail propulsion much more www.Thrustmaster.net reliable and will vastly improve the tran-
Contact: sit times between distant ports over the early 20th century transit times.
The improvement is not just marginal;
it is momentous. While I am not for a www.marinelink.com 47
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