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HRH Duke of Edinburgh Visits Timsbury

Duke of Edinburgh Inspects ModelHis Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh came to visit Warsash Maritime Academy's Ship Handling Centre on 24 May 2013.

Oceanfoil, a leading specialist in maritime design, invited HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to view the scale-model testing of ships fitted with their innovative wingsail rigs at Timsbury Lake. Oceanfoil, a UK-based design company, has pioneered wind-assisted propulsion systems to augment conventional drive systems in the marine transport sector.

Duke of Edinburgh Meets WMA CadetThe wingsail designs being tested on Timsbury Lake provide thrust in a similar way to a wing producing lift, but along the horizontal plane, and are suitable for installation on sea and ocean-going merchant vessels. They are designed to make the most efficient use of available wind to lower a vessel’s fuel consumption and emissions, while also increasing the ship’s manoeuvrability at slow-speed.

The Duke of Edinburgh viewed a demonstration by the manned-model ‘Endurance’, a 1:40 scale model of a 150,000 ton ore-carrier, fitted with six 1:40 scale model Oceanfoil wingsail rigs which performed a variety of docking manoeuvres for The Duke of Edinburgh.

Initial results of the wingsails indicate an additional thrust of up to 20 per cent. Whilst these initial results are subject to additional testing and verification, such additional thrust would indicate that full scale Oceanfoil wingsails could be able to provide reduction in fuel consumption for merchant vessels of between 15 to 20 per cent.

The Duke of Edinburgh was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, and met representatives from Oceanfoil, Southampton Solent University, and Warsash Maritime Academy.

Charles Moray, Managing Director of Oceanfoil, said: “We are very pleased to have successfully demonstrated the application of our wingsail designs to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. With the cost of fuel for ocean-going vessels increasing year-on-year, we are developing our wingsail designs for use by the marine-transport sector.”

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