Cargill will test an innovative net-zero shipping solution: sails

Cargill, one of the world’s largest ship charterers, has announced that the company will test wind sails on cargo bulk carriers early next year to reduce its carbon emissions.

The Wayzata-based company, which is the largest private company in the country, said it will pilot two sales of 120-foot-tall steel and glass composite rigid wind turbines.

Cargill has up to 700 ships on the water at any one time, according to the company. About 90% of ships are used for transporting dry bulk cargo.

BAR Technologies designed the prototype sails, which are manufactured by Yara Marine Technologies, according to a company spokesperson. The sails will be fitted on a 751-foot-long carrier that Cargill charters and Mitsubishi Corp. possesses.

The sails could help reduce emissions from a new wind-optimized ship by up to 30%, which equates to about 6,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, according to Cargill.

If the trial is successful, Cargill plans to upgrade up to 10 additional vessels.

The number of commercial ships using wind innovations is expected to double by the end of 2023, according to Bloomberg.

“We hope to learn from this trial to continue improving how we can become the leading operator of wind-assisted vessels on our journey to net zero,” a Cargill spokesperson said. at Bring Me The News..

The shipping industry accounts for approximately 3% of global carbon emissionsaccording to S&P Global, which is comparable to the aerospace industry.

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