7 smart design solutions for the environment

Innovative ship design will make it possible to transport 6,500 Volkswagen car equivalent units with significantly less emissions across the oceans, using technologies available today.

The car industry is making giant leaps in reducing its environmental footprint in every part of its supply chain. Therefore, Wallenius Marine are leading the building project of two multi-fuel vessels with the ability to carry 6,500 cars each. The vessels will be chartered out to Volkswagen Konzernlogistik GmbH & Co.

“We are delighted to contract Wallenius Marine as our partner to support us reaching our goals of decarbonization”, says Simon Motter, Head of Volkswagen Konzernlogistik at WalleniusMarine.com.

This is how the vessels will make a smaller environmental impact:

  1. Multi-fuel engines (LNG/LBG/diesel/synthetic diesel) adapted for existing fuels as well as the more environmentally sound choices that are in a development or early expansion phase.
  2. Batteries/ready for battery installation in order to further reduce fuel consumption.
  3. Shore connection for zero emissions in port.
  4. A new design for the ramp system saves time at port, which allow the vessel to go by slower speed at sea.
  5. Shaft generator of active front end type in order to reduce fuel consumption.
  6. An aerodynamically optimized shape that slices the drag by a third compared to conventional designs, giving substantial savings for the Atlantic Operation where windy conditions are prevailing.
  7. Invasive species are spread across the world through ships ballast water. This design eliminates the need for ballast water to attain sufficient stability margin when operating fully loaded on the North Atlantic. Another benefit from not carrying heavy ballast water, is reduced fuel consumption and emissions.