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HRH the Duke of Edinburgh views Oceanfoil®'s wingsail tests on Timsbury Lake.
Preliminary results indicate 20% additional thrust. Oceanfoil® hosted His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh during a visit to the Warsash Maritime Academy's Ship Handling Centre on Timsbury Lake, near Romsey, on Tuesday, 21 May. The Duke of Edinburgh was visiting the facility to view the scale-model testing of ships fitted with wingsail rigs designed by Oceanfoil®.
The Duke of Edinburgh viewed a demonstration by the manned-model ‘Endurance’, a 1/40 scale model of a 150,000 ton ore-carrier, which was piloted by Captain Roger Francis of Oceanfoil®. ‘Endurance’ was fitted with six 1/40 scale model Oceanfoil® wingsail rigs and performed two passes and a variety of docking manoeuvres for The Duke of Edinburgh.
Initial results of the scale model tests of the Oceanfoil® wingsails installed on the model ore carrier indicate that deploying the wingsails provided additional thrust of up to 20%. Whilst these initial results are subject to additional testing and verification, such additional thrust would indicate that full scale Oceanfoil® wingsails could be able to provide reduction in fuel consumption for merchant vessels of between 15 and 20%.
These preliminary results confirm the conclusion of Oceanfoil®’s computer analysis which indicated that Oceanfoil®’s revised and improved design should provide additional benefits over and above those achieved on the original wingsails installed on the 6,000 ton cargo ship Ashington during sea-trials in 1986/7. During those trials the Ashington logged reductions in fuel consumption of between 10 and 15 per cent over a number of voyages.
Charles Moray, Managing Director of Oceanfoil®, said:
“We are very pleased to have successfully demonstrated the application of our wingsail designs to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. With the cost of fuel for ocean-going vessels increasing year-on-year, we are developing our wingsail designs for use by the marine-transport sector as a potential cost saving measure. The ability to harness the wind as an additional power source to enable a reduction in fuel consumption is now verging on necessity if the maritime transport industry is to remain cost-efficient and offers exciting prospects for fuel efficiency and significant cost savings within a matter of years.”
Oceanfoil® will complete further tests before producing full-scale prototypes of its wingsail design for use in sea trials in the New Year.
The Duke of Edinburgh was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, and met representatives from Oceanfoil®, Southampton Solent University, and Warsash Maritime Academy.
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