French ship operator Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) Group is investigating the possibility of wind-assisted propulsion and has opted to install a kite system on one of its vessels. In addition LDA Group has signalled its commitment by becoming the latest member of the International Windship Association (IWSA) to help further the development of primary renewable solutions.
LDA Group owns, charters and operates over 100 vessels worldwide and has been searching for ways to significantly reduce emissions along with their customer Airbus. The positive results garnered from the testing of the Airseas kite system has led to the decision to have one permanently fitted on board the 21,500dwt Ville de Bordeaux from 2020 onwards, this ro-ro cargo vessel is dedicated to the transport of Airbus parts around Europe. Also, in early 2019 LDA initiated the design of a large transoceanic ro-ro vessel with full integration of wind assisted propulsion and plans to continue development work in this field.
LDA President, Edouard Louis-Dreyfus, said “we are very excited by the development of wind solutions as a key answer to the decarbonisation challenges we are facing today and it is only natural for us to join the International Windship Association in its drive to further develop these technologies.”
“We are delighted to welcome the Louis Dreyfus Armateurs group to the IWSA, LDA are a major player in the shipping industry with over 165-years experience and a really forward-thinking approach to decarbonisation.” said Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary General. He added, “Wind-assist and primary wind propulsion is increasingly being viewed as a credible, viable and economic option and we look forward to working with the LDA team to further the uptake of 21st century wind propulsion solutions for the commercial fleet.”