VPLP | Marc van Peteghem

AuthorsHelen Hill (maritime journalist)
Conference/JournalMARIN Report 129
DateMay 14, 2020
Reading time3 minutes
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."

Energy Observer fitted with two 'Oceanwings'