Wind Propulsion 2021

Event Date:
Start at 12:00 AM
February 16, 2021 - February 17, 2021


The current use of alternative fuels and renewable energy sources within the shipping industry is still relatively scarce. Growing environmental legislation and concerns are driving the need to develop and apply innovative alternative power and propulsion technology for ships.

Now, industry players are increasingly putting a modern spin on one of the oldest concepts in shipping: harnessing the power of wind for ship propulsion.

Conference Topics

Market level assessment

  • Future trends in the wind propulsion market effects of policy, regulation, price and the market barriers and drivers
  • Developing world markets challenges, opportunities and designs for wind propulsion solutions
  • How does wind propulsion perform in the small vessel market, fishing, ferry, workboats etc
  • Lessons from the past how does the long history of wind propulsion solutions inform the systems and solutions of today and tomorrow

Concept level assessment

  • Meeting the challenge of technical barriers to the deployment of wind propulsion rigs stability,
    navigation, air draft etc.
  • The use of weather routing software to maximise wind propulsion systems
  • How to optimise a retrofit installation on existing vessels integrating retrofit wind into existing power
    management systems
  • Standardising fuel saving assessment for wind propulsion & wind technology performance assessment
  • Wind propulsion and classification pathways to a standardised approach
  • Zero emissions/Carbon Neutral pathways how does wind fit in and how can wind propulsion help
    facilitate the adoption of other low carbon systems and fuels
  • Assessment of the use of multiple different systems (e.g. sails and kites on the same vessel) and a series of the same rigs
  • Wind propulsion & autonomous shipping

Technology level assessment

  • How would maximising wind propulsion benefits impact the way we operate shipping and the ships themselves
  • The human element perceptions, experiences to date, training and safety
  • Ports & logistics how compatible are wind vessels with the existing infrastructure. What systems are being developed on board to mitigate this and what needs to happen in ports to adapt
  • Big data + Big wind synergies, complementary approaches, impact and future developments
  • Materials and manufacturing new developments/materials/systems for rigs and sails
  • Assessment of the technology transfer from the competitive and leisure sailing world

Call For Paper

To download the Call For Paper

Abstracts may be submitted at Call for Papers

Please submit your Abstract by 2nd November 2020

Conference fees

Member (Early Bird) £700+VAT=£840

Non-Member (Early Bird) £800+VAT=£960

Member £800+VAT=£960

Non-Member £900+VAT=£1080

Concession £350+VAT=£420

Authors £155+VAT=£180


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Conference Venue

8-9 Northumberland Street

The conference will be held at the Institution’s Headquarters.

8-9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA, UK.

Delegates may take advantage of the Institution’s membership to stay at Club Quarters, less than one minute’s walk from Headquarters

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