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

Wind-assist propulsion installation on air lubricated, diesel electric vessel starts operations in the North Sea

12 November 2021

Hardinxveld-Giessendam, The Netherlands, 09 November, 2021

Tharsis Sea-River Shipping has concluded the installation of two retractable wing sails …

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2021 Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards

20 October 2021

WASP partners shortlisted, cast your votes now!

The second Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards recognise pioneering projects, technological innovat…

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WASP impact widens

15 October 2021

On the way to emission-free ferries: Following the successful installation of the  Rotor Sail on the hybrid ferry M/V Copen…

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Sea trial for MS Annika with Flettner rotor

15 October 2021

To meet UN’s climate goals, many ship owners consider installing Wind power on their vessels. Several wind assistance technologies are available on …

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WASP technologies on Dutch television

19 August 2021

The news-show "EenVandaag" on Dutch television (August 10) presented several WASP techniques and showcased some of our ships. The catchy title of thi…

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