IMO : 9417141
Build : in progress by Cassenwerft Shipyard – Emden in Germany, nr ??
Here is another strange addition to the world’s fleet of ocean-going ships. Soon to be sailing the seas near you……
This ship, still under construction, is actually going to be a green ship, not only the here much ridiculed painted green but also environmentally friendly green. She will use wind energy to cut down fuel costs which also helps to reduce emissions. And she is looking weird doing it. See below picture for an impression.
The actual cargo-ship part of the vessel looks actually pretty good, me thinks, kinda non-ugly. The 4 sticking up parts are giant 25 meter high, 4 meter in diameter, rotating, vertical metal sailing rotors. And they make the ship said environmentally friendly, and also weird to look at.
The principle of those 4 rotors: A spinning cylinder in a moving airstream creates a lateral force perpendicular to the direction of the airstream which, when used on ships, propels the ship to move forward. See below pic for a graphic explanation.
There have been others:
The Buckau :
The Baden-Baden :
The Buckau was a prototype, the Baden-Baden was an actual working vessel.
And the most famous one : the Cousteau Society’s expedition ship, Alcyone :
More info about this whole principle can be found HERE.
When we published this post in January she wasn’t finished yet but now she is (almost), painted and all…….please see below pics for the final product.
To be honest: she looks worse than I thought she would…..I retract my comments from above and officially pronounce her ugly! Damn, How could I have been so wrong!
Update II (13-08-2010)
This vessel has now been delivered to her owners and they are sending her to all kinds of ports world-wide to show off her dancing steps and her smooth ugly lines.
So you better watch out when you casually walk to your local port, this green colored / green tinted turned around coffee-table might just be there.
BTW: here is a pic of their secret testing-prototype:
On another note:
I also found a nice picture of this wind assisted motorvessel meeting another one but of a totally different method.
The Beluga Skysails (IMO 9399129), the one on the right: a bit less ugly and more bland looking cargovessel is actually equipped with a giant Skysail, or what ordinary people would call a kite. Please see here and here for more information.