Union Maritime Sets Sail Towards a Greener Future with Wind Propulsion Technology

In a bold move towards sustainability, UK-based chemical tanker owner and operator Union Maritime is set to revolutionize its fleet with cutting-edge wind propulsion technology. Partnering with BAR Technologies, Union Maritime will equip its vessels with the innovative WindWings, a state-of-the-art rigid sail technology designed to drastically reduce fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions.

The WindWings technology promises an impressive average daily saving of 1.5 tons of fuel per wing, translating into significant decrease in carbon dioxide emissions across global shipping routes. This advancement is a game-changer for the maritime industry, which has been under increasing pressure to adopt greener practices and reduce its environmental footprint.

Union Maritime’s commitment to sustainability includes plans to install WindWings on a total of 34 newbuild vessels. This includes a diverse range of ships within its fleet: 14 LR2s (Long Range 2 tankers), 12 chemical tankers, and 8 MRs (Medium Range tankers). By integrating this advanced technology, Union Maritime is taking a proactive stance in meeting and exceeding the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) updated greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets.

The company’s goal is to reduce absolute emissions by 20% by 2030, compared to 2008 levels, and to source at least 5% of its energy requirements from low- or zero-GHG sources by the same year. This aligns with the broader maritime industry’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change, and promote sustainable shipping practices.

Union Maritime’s current fleet is substantial, comprising over 70 vessels, including 52 tankers, 13 dry bulk carriers, and three offshore vessels. In addition to this, the company has placed orders for 35 newbuilds at various shipyards, showcasing its commitment to expanding and modernizing its fleet with a focus on sustainability.

The introduction of WindWings is not the only green initiative Union Maritime is pursuing. The company also is deploying dual-fuel LNG engines on up to 8 LR2s, further reducing its reliance on traditional fossil fuels. Additionally, Union Maritime is collaborating with BAR Technologies on the AeroBridge® superstructure, which aims to enhance vessel efficiency and improve crew comfort.

Beyond technological advancements, Union Maritime is seeking a significant strategic equity investment in BAR Technologies to support innovative solutions that drive the maritime industry towards a greener future. By adopting and investing in cutting-edge technologies, Union Maritime is paving the way for a new era of eco-friendly maritime operations.

Union Maritime’s efforts serve as an inspiring example of how industries can adapt and thrive through innovation and commitment to sustainability. The integration of WindWings and other green technologies is a testament to the company’s forward-thinking approach and its unwavering resolve to lead the charge in reducing the environmental impact of global shipping.

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