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August 21, 2017

Group to build the world's biggest sailing cargo ship

Lloyd's Register announced that it has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project - an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo, which aims to build the world's biggest sailing cargo ship.

The project outlines a plan to build a 170-meter car carrier, capable of carrying between 1,700 and 2,000 cars, which will be equipped with four DynaRig masts and will operate on hybrid propulsion with sails and diesel-electric engines, and an optional battery system for peak loads. The vessel will be capable of sailing at 10-12 knots with the aim of reaching 14-16 knots in the next few years through combined expertise.

Wind-assisted propulsion offers a realistic option for introducing renewable power into shipping. LR's Low Carbon Pathways 2050 study found that low carbon ships will need to enter the fleet by 2030 in order for shipping to reduce its emissions in line with the Paris Agreement and this means significant changes in the industry are required.

Link: LR joins project

Lloyd's Register