VPLP is a renowned, international team of naval architects and designers who have been working in the sail and motor craft industry for 30 years.
Marc Van Peteghem is a French naval architect and co-founder of VPLP.Marc van Peteghem explains the motivations to become increasingly involved in solutions to decarbonise maritime transport. He highlights the Canopee project and the Energy Observer fitted with ‘Oceanwings’.
the future of shipping
Marc Van Peteghem: “The wind is free, clean and available everywhere. There are solutions to clean emissions - scrubbers, clean fuels like hydrogen, biofuel, etc… and there are solutions to minimise the engine power required to sustain a given speed but the only ‘two digits’ (percentage of saving) possibility is using wind power. In the future we believe ships will be propelled using a mix of aeolian and photovoltaic energy and probably hydrogen. Reducing the speed is very effective in reducing emissions."