Welcome to the project website of WASP: Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion, funded by the Interreg North Sea Region Programme.

The WASP (Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion) project, funded by the Interreg North Sea Europe programme, part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the tune of €5.4 million.

The project brings together universities, wind-assist technology providers with ship owners to research, trial and validate the operational performance of a selection of wind propulsion solutions on five vessels thus enabling wind propulsion technology market penetration and contributing to a greener North Sea transport system through harvesting the regions abundant wind potential.

This fully aligns with the wider programmes’ objective of promoting the development and adoption of products, services and processes to accelerate the greening of the North Sea Region.          

The WASP project has the following objectives: 

  • Wind Propulsion Technology proven concepts lead to greening of NSR sea transport
  • Identify the viable business cases for (hybrid) wind propulsion technologies
  • Facilitate a level playing field for WPT with policy instruments

The following project results are envisaged: 



Latest Project News

Enkhuizen Nautical College Sets Course for Wind-Assisted Ship Propulsion and Sustainable Shipping

01 December 2020

Enkhuizen, 30 November 2020

The ‘Enkhuizen Nautical College’, founded in 1978, is the only nautical college in Europe where the focus lies on teach…

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Publication in the Naval Architect magazine: Rotor sails: putting a new spin on shipping?

20 November 2020

11 November 2020  

In early March, an interview study with shipowners, technology providers and the crew of a rotor ship was performed to investig…

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The Winds of Decarbonisation are Strengthening: Tharsis Sea-River Shipping, signs contract with eConowind and NG shipyard for new Wind-Assist Installation

05 November 2020

05 November 2020  Delfzijl, Netherlands

Even with the current restrictions and challenges that face the shipping industry with the pandemic and the…

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Dutch Article in NMT Magazine (summer 2020): Het gaat het WASP-project voor de wind

15 September 2020

Dutch article in the  

NMT magazine is the association magazine of and for companies in the maritime manufacturing indus…

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