WASP - Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion

Prof. Dr. Gordon Wilmsmeier (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

Funded by European Regional Development Fund INTERREG

Brief description

This project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is to investigate and promote the application of Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP) technologies. It aims to promote the development and adoption of products, services and processes to accelerate a greening of the North Sea Region and to run WASP technology real life trials on sea going ships in operation, showcase proven concepts, market adoption, and thus support green(er) sea transport.

Project purpose

Shipping companies and policy-makers perceive the adoption of environmentally friendly technologies as a potential way toward the decarbonisation of the maritime transport sector. Wind assisted technologies  seem a promising green option, as these can decrease the emissions produced by shipping operations through the fuel consumption reduction that can be achieved. This multi-million project aims to investigate and promote the application of such technologies in the North Sea region. The Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP) project has a twofold objective. From one side, it focuses on the trial, monitoring, and evaluation of the operational performance of a selection of WASP technologies. From the other side, it aims at overcoming any business and regulatory barriers that hinder the adoption of such technologies. The project involves 15 partners and the Kühne Logistics University (KLU) with its Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics is one of the key consortium members. Particularly, KLU leads the “Policy and viable business” work-package. Together with shipping companies, other academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and financial enterprises it focuses, among others aspects, on the economic implications of such technologies and on strategies and other incentives (e.g. financing solutions, policy interventions) in order to accelerate the uptake of WASP technologies. 
A result of the project is the WASP Desicion Support Tool.


Sustainability, Maritime Logistics, Environment, Transport Logistics

Project partners

Boomsma Shipping, Chalmers University of Technology, Green Transition Denmark, HHX.blue, International Windship Association, Katholic University Leuven (KU Leuven), Kühne Logistics University (KLU), Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT), Rörd Braren Shipping Company, Scandlines Gedser-Rostock, SSPA, van Dam Shipping

Project Team

Prof. Dr. Gordon Wilmsmeier (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Lara Pomaska (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Dr. Cristiam Gil (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Prof. Dr. Michele Acciaro (Copenhagen Business School (CBS)), Vasileios Kosmas, PhD (Carnival Maritime GmbH), Todd Chou (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

Contact person

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Lara Pomaska

PhD Candidate