Aug 22, 2023 | Ship classification news, Marine propulsion & machinery news

Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) is working with GT Green Technologies, a developer of wind-based green solutions for the maritime sector, with the goal of providing approval in principle (AiP) for GT’s AirWing technology.

The AiP from BV will be an important step forward for the design of the AirWing20 system, which has been awarded funding by the UK Government’s Department for Transport, through its Transport Research Innovation Grant (TRIG) program.

BV claims significant expertise across a wide range of wind propulsion technologies and provides the industry with updated modern class rules and guidance for wind propulsion systems. By working closely with BV and other commercial partners such as PEI Tech, GT Green Technologies is lining up to deliver the first AirWing20 unit for installation on a vessel in 2024. Further news on a major partnership with a prominent shipowner for the inaugural installation of the AirWing20 system is expected to be announced shortly by GT Green Technologies.

George Thompson, CEO GT Green Technologies said: “We are thrilled to join forces with Bureau Veritas to classify our revolutionary AirWing20 technology. This collaboration solidifies our commitment to delivering the best-in-class solution to the market. With this significant milestone, we are gaining tremendous momentum, assembling a talented team, and taking concrete steps toward reshaping the industry for the better. Our rapid progress is also thanks to the backing we received from the UK Government’s TRIG program. Our selection as a recipient of this prestigious grant reflects our commitment to revolutionizing the shipping industry with cutting-edge, environment saving technology. We also look forward to sharing news in the near future on the installation of the first AirWing20 unit on a vessel, along with other significant collaborations.”

Laurent Leblanc, SVP Technical and Operations BV Marine and Offshore, said: “We recognize the innovative potential of GT Green Technologies’ AirWing20 system. The classification process is an important step in the technical validation of this solution to address compliance with applicable class rules, notations and other regulations, and helps to pave the way for the next phases of development.”

The substantial financial support received by GT Green Technologies through the UK Government’s TRIG program was seen as a significant achievement for the AirWing20 project. The TRIG program, overseen by Connected Places Catapult on behalf of the Department for Transport, is designed to foster advancements and encourage research in the transport sector.

GT Green Technologies acknowledges the partnerships it has established with PEI Tech, Sabe Fluid Dynamics, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), and other industry leaders. These collaborations have been instrumental in the development and delivery of the pioneering technology.

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