With Lloyd’s Register signing to ensure compliance of the
ambitious project of developing a hybrid car carrier with four sails, the
project moves a step closer to reality.
This unique project is an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing
Cargo which aims to build the world’s biggest sailing cargo ship.
The Quadriga , the sailing ship will be capable of transporting
up to 2,000 vehicles.
The project outlines a plan to build a 170-meter car carrier,
capable of carrying between 1,700 and 2,000 cars, which will be equipped with
four masts and will operate on hybrid propulsion with sails and diesel-electric
engines, and an optional battery system for peak loads. The vessel will be
capable of sailing at 10-12 knots with the aim of reaching 14-16 knots in the
next few years through combined expertise.
“Wind-assisted propulsion offers one of the few realistic
options for introducing renewable power into shipping. The IMO target for CO2
emissions requires a 50% reduction in global ship-sourced CO2 emissions by
2020, this means significant changes in the industry are required. LR’s Low
Carbon Pathways 2050 study found that low carbon ships will need to enter the
fleet by 2030 to help achieve this goal,” Lloyd’s Register said in a statement.
Uwe Köhler, founder of the Quadriga project, commented: “We must
do the right thing for the future of our industry; the Quadriga project
combines traditionally proven systems with cutting edge technology and aims to
provide a solution to achieving the CO2 emissions reduction target. We are
delighted to be working with Lloyd’s Register on this project.”
LR will help to ensure compliance with technical, safety and
environmental standards upon realization of the project, from the design and
specification stage to onsite new construction supervision. LR will also verify
whether the predicted performance parameters have been achieved.
LR’s Nico Dettmann, Marketing and Sales Manager for Central and
Eastern Europe, Marine & Offshore, said: “It’s a very exciting initiative
to be involved in. It’s always motivating for us to be involved from the
concept stage of any project, especially those that involve innovative
technology and new ways of doing things. We have a long history of working with
and supporting our clients to bring their new and novel concepts, safely and
robustly from inception to operational reality.”