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

01 December 2020 - Published by Kraftvaerk

Enkhuizen, 30 November 2020

The ‘Enkhuizen Nautical College’, founded in 1978, is the only nautical college in Europe where the focus lies on teaching students to navigate vessels under sail. Regular subjects like (astronomical) navigation, collision regulations and marine engineering are supplemented with specialized subjects such as square-rigged sailing, sailing vessel design and sailing vessel stability.

This year at ‘Enkhuizen Nautical College’, this knowledge base and experience with sailing ships is extended with a technical introduction to modern developments in Sailing ships: Wind-assisted ship propulsion. Wind-assisted ship propulsion (WASP) is the modern version of sailing commercial freight. This green technology segment may be central to the energy transition for the maritime sector.

Director Cosmo Wassenaar is excited about this new addition to the school’s program. ‘You should realize that there is hardly any experience in the practical use of these technologies, so there are no old ‘sea dogs’ which can share their experience with our students. For this course, we have managed to attract some highly motivated young teachers with a lot of knowledge on the theories and practice of wind-assisted shipping’.

One of these new teachers is Dr. Nico van der Kolk, co-founder of an engineering consultancy specialized in wind-assisted ship propulsion: ‘The course will begin with a survey of presently available wind-assist devices, including the physical mechanisms behind the new generation of high-lift sails. Practical considerations for wind-assist design and operation are treated foremost. Students will be introduced to significant interaction effects between WASP systems, the main propulsion engine, course keeping and routing, and finally commercial operation. I’m very excited to explore this new topic with the students at EZS.’

Invited presentations and seminars will also be conducted by the International Windship Association and partners involved with the Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP) project, part of the EU Interreg North Sea region program and which has brought together universities and wind-assist technology providers with ship owners to install, research, trial and validate the operational performance of a selection of wind propulsion solutions. The course is integrated into the regular ‘Grote Zeilvaart’ education program but is also accessible for those interested in learning about these new technologies. The course will be given on two Fridays and three Saturdays between February 19th and March 3rd, 2021.

As places in the classroom are limited (due to Corona measures), the course will also be offered online. For more information, please visit www.ezs.nl or mail cosmo@ezs.nl



Enkhuizen Nautical College

The ‘Enkhuizen’ Nautical College based in Enkhuizen, Netherlands, specializes in the training of sailors to become Officer or Captain on large sailing vessels. We offer a two-year course in English, the ‘Kleine zeilvaart’ (coastal) and ‘Grote Zeilvaart’ (Oceangoing) course, together with STCW-courses for Basic Safety, Medical First Aid and Medical Care. About 30 to 35% of our students come from abroad and 30% to 40% of our students are female.

Many of our teachers still work at sea and they love bringing their experience into the classroom.

New in our education is the WASP-module, which is planned to start in 2021. The focus in this module is on alternative wind-related propulsion systems. The module is open to all those interested.

Media contact: Cosmo Wassenaar, College Director


WASP Project

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 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.

For further information:  Danitsja van Heusden-van Winden, WASP Project Leader
NL Maritime Technology Foundation
+31 (0)88 44 51 035

Media Contact: Gavin Allwright, WASP Work Package Leader: Communication
International Windship Association


International Windship Association (IWSA)

The International Windship Association (IWSA) facilitates and promotes wind propulsion solutions for commercial shipping worldwide and brings together all parties in the development of a wind ship sector to shape industry and government attitudes and policies.

IWSA is a member driven, not-for-profit association made up of wind propulsion technology suppliers and ship development projects, designers, naval architects, engineers, academics, NGO’s and seafarers with five areas of activity:

Network – grouping like-minded organisations and individuals sharing ideas, skills, technical and market information for the development of commercial wind ships.
Promote – promoting the economic value of wind propulsion to the industry
Educate – acting as a central information hub for the wind propulsion sector, ship owners and operators, shipyards, ports, governments, equipment producers, the media, NGOs, and the wider public.
Incubate – securing funding streams, project collaboration, grant applications, research and the pooling of resources.
Facilitate – establishing common approaches/criteria for all stages of project development, support stakeholders, advise and lobby legislative bodies on policies, activities, funding and incentives required to retrofit existing ships and build new commercial wind ships.

Media Contact: Gavin Allwright