CLASSIFICATION society DNV GL has awarded AYRO an Approval in Principle for its Oceanwings 3.6.3 wind assisted propulsion system for ships.

The Oceanwings 3.6.3 system is designed to enable shipowners and operators to leverage wind energy to improve the energy balance of individual vessels and fleets, thereby significantly reducing carbon emissions.

An Approval in Principle is an independent assessment of a concept within an agreed framework, confirming that the design is feasible and no significant obstacles exist to prevent the concept from being realised.

The AIP is typically carried out at an early stage of a project to confirm its feasibility towards the project team itself, company management, external investors or future regulators.

The Oceanwings wind propulsion system is a 363-square-metre 2-elements wingsail applicable for both newbuildings and in the retrofit of ships.

“This AIP award is a significant step in the development of AYRO and we are happy to have passed the first step of the on-going certification process of our wingsail,” said Ludovic Gérard, CEO of AYRO.

The Oceanwings 3.6.3 are suitable for most types of cargo vessels.

“We continue to receive a lot of enquiries and numerous requests for feasibility studies from shipowners and charterers worldwide, for both retrofits and newbuilding projects,” Mr Gérard said.

“Our mission and vision is to support them in designing their vessels as well as fitting and maintaining the Oceanwings in order to help them meet the challenges of competitiveness and GHG emission reductions.”

Following 10 years of research, a first prototype in 2017, and the industrial demonstrator Energy Observer in 2019, AYRO continues the development and industrial process of their system with the AiP from DNV GL.

Hasso Hoffmeister, senior principle engineer at DNV GL said, “An AiP can help build confidence in shipowners and operators by demonstrating that new technologies can not only help them improve sustainability, but follow well established, trusted and independent standards”.

DNV GL has also recently developed a standard for the certification of wind assisted propulsion systems in response to enquiries for the independent assessment of those systems.