Shipping accounts for almost 90% of all transport in the world and cargo ships are usually powered with crude oil, emitting large amounts of sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and toxic antifouling compounds. Ballast water taken up by ships to obtain improved balance contributes to the spread of harmful animal and plant species between different parts of the world. This spread creates an imbalance in natural ecosystems.
With inspiration from the Natural Step, the company Wallenius has worked with interdisciplinary partners including suppliers, designers, universities and colleges to find new techniques, alternative methods and innovative approaches to sustainable shipping. The concept ship ORCELLE was designed to transport 10,000 cars by only using renewable sources of fuel (solar, wind, waves, and fuel cells).
The sails of ORCELLE will catch the wind and sun, and by using dolphin-like fins, the vessel will be able to take advantage of ocean wave energy. Hydrogen can be used to power fuel cells and with the design technology of ORCELLE, ballast water is not needed for balance.
The vessel is not yet in production but a small model of the ship functions as a sustainable maritime vision from which ideas can be implemented gradually. The “vision product” ORCELLE is an example of optimistic thinking and a way of strategically working in the right direction. It contributes to internal company motivation, communicates a message through storytelling and helps to market Wallenius as a green visionary.