Lloyd’s Register (LR) has joined the Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo initiative, the Quadriga sustainable shipping project, which aims to build the world’s biggest sailing cargo ship as a 170-metres car carrier, capable of carrying between 1,700 and 2,000 cars. Acting as a consultancy, LR will help ensure compliance of technical, safety, and environmental standards are met through the design and specification stage, as well as with onsite construction supervision.
LR will also ensure that predicted performance parameters are met, with the vessel expected to be capable of sailing at 10-12 knots currently, with a proposed aim of reaching 14-16 knots eventually through combined expertise. It will be equipped by four DynaRig masts for wind-assisted propulsion, and will operate on hybrid propulsion with sails and diesel-electric engines, as well as an optional battery system for peak loads.
This follows on from LR’s Low Carbon Pathways 2050 study which found that, in order for shipping to achieve the terms set out in the Paris Agreement, low carbon ships would need to enter the fleet by 2030. With engineering advances in technology and associated efficiency currently not at a scale or level that can achieve this, the Quadriga project’s hybrid use of fuel and propulsion may be one of the viable alternative solutions sought by the shipping industry.