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

Seminar: Wind Assisted Propulsion Challenges and Perspectives

11 January 2021

"Sooner or later, everything old is new again." - Stephen King, The Colorado Kid

For centuries world commerce was dominated by vessels propelled …

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Drone footage of the wind rotor from Eco-Flettner, which will be installed on MV Annika Braren

05 January 2021

Drone footage of the wind rotor from Eco-Flettner, which will be installed on the 86-meter-long multi-purpose freighter MS Annika Braren (part of Rör…

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Come along on a wind-assist ride aboard Van Dam Shipping's MV Ankie and the newly installed ventifoil system from eConowind

05 January 2021

The 3,600 DWT general cargo vessel MV Ankie, made its first voyage with the two wings installed, sailing for Wagenborg from Delfzijl to Hamburg, onwa…

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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 teac…

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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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