Knud E. Hansen has signed an agreement with Wallenius Marine that will see it support the development of the wind-powered ro-ro vessel – Orcelle Wind – as naval architects.


The concept was unveiled last year, as HLPFI reported here. It is the first vessel from the Oceanbird concept and is one of the alternative paths Wallenius Wilhelmsen is looking into.

It will use wind as the main form of propulsion and can achieve up to 90 percent reduced emissions compared to today’s vessels, with a capacity to carry 7,000 cars along with breakbulk and rolling equipment.