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Oceanbird rendering.

Wallenius Marine.


  • A group of Swedish researchers and boat builders developed Oceanbird, a brand-new type of cargo ship that’s powered by giant wings rather of a standard engine.
  • The ship will cut down on emissions by up to 90%compared to other cargo ships, according to Wallenius Marine, the maker behind the idea.
  • The huge fins will be able to swivel to catch the wind, and can withdraw to go under bridges.
  • Oceanbird was conceived as an automobile provider that can fit 7,000 automobiles, but Wallenius Marine said the innovation can be adjusted to other kinds of vessels, like cruise ships.
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Shipbuilder Wallenius Marine teamed up with Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology, maritime consultancy SSPA, and the Swedish Transport Administration to create a brand-new type of cargo ship that’s far more environmentally friendly than the diesel-powered vessels on the seas today.

Wallenius claims Oceanbird will be able to carry 7,000 vehicles and be 90%more efficient than other ocean-going vessels.

In its existing design, the ship will be 656 feet long and 131 feet wide. That would make it the biggest sailing vessel when finished, according to Wallenius.

Oceanbird ship

Oceanbird making.

Wallenius Marine.


The sails spin 360 degrees to capture the wind and can pull back by 75%for stormy conditions or to pass under a bridge.

Oceanbird ship

Oceanbird making.

Wallenius Marine.


Plus, Oceanbird will have engines for emergencies and for much easier maneuvering in ports.

Oceanbird ship

Oceanbird making.

Wallenius Marine.


Oceanbird is designed to carry 7,000 automobiles, but Wallenius prepares to use the exact same technology to other types of ships, like cruise liner.

Oceanbird ship

Oceanbird rendering.

Wallenius Marine.


Wallenius dealt with the style for numerous years, and constructed a seven-meter design to be tested this fall.

Oceanbird ship

Oceanbird making.

Wallenius Marine.


Oceanbird will be ready to order by the end of next year, Wallenius said, and the first vessel will be delivered at the end of 2024.

Oceanbird ship

Oceanbird rendering.

Wallenius Marine.


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