LR joins project to build world’s biggest sailing cargo ship

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


 

16 August 2017 – Lloyd's Register (LR) has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project – an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo, which aims to build the world’s biggest sailing cargo ship.

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 DynaRig 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.

The big question is whether the technology will be available on the scale needed to achieve the level of reduction required. The consensus is that engineering advances alone and the associated efficiency gains will simply not be enough to meet the IMO target. Fuels will have to change and the Quadriga project provides one of the potential viable alternative solutions. 

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’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."

Through consultancy during the design and specification stage followed by onsite new construction supervision, LR will help to ensure compliance with the highest technical, safety and environmental standards upon realisation of the project. LR will also verify whether the predicted performance parameters have been achieved.

About Lloyd’s Register
Lloyd’s Register (LR) is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. Founded in 1760 as a marine classification society, LR now operates across many industry sectors, with some 8,000 employees in 78 countries.

LR has a long-standing reputation for integrity, impartiality and technical excellence. Its compliance, risk and technical consultancy services give clients confidence that their assets and businesses are safe, sustainable and dependable. Through its global technology centres and research network, LR is at the forefront of understanding the application of new science and technology to future-proof its clients’ businesses.

About Sailing Cargo

The founders of Sailing Cargo come from a mixture of backgrounds and operate sustainable sea trade with a healthy respect for all they do, following a long tradition of ‘honourable traders’. Thus they developed the vision to transport goods faster, more independently and more sustainably across the oceans.

Sailing Cargo started out as a project in early 2013, aiming at setting new standards for the future of commercial shipping. Sailing Cargo together with its growing international partner network, all of them are best in class in compliance and their core competences, will establish sustainable solutions for modern maritime transport by intelligently combining proven technology with cutting edge innovations.


For media enquiries contact


Nicola Eyles

Head of Brand & External Relations

Marine & Offshore

Lloyd’s Register

T +44 (0)330 414 1001

E nicola.eyles@lr.org 

Uwe Köhler

Sailing Cargo

T +49 40 18137684

E uk@sailing-cargo.de

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 August 2017 )