BAR Technologies and Nervion Naval Offshore have reached a partnership agreement to sell, manufacture and deliver BAR’s wing sail design, WindWings, in Europe. It is the first manufacturing partnership for BAR Technologies outside of China.

BAR Technologies provides wind propulsion systems and is a simulation-driven marine engineering consultancy. Nervion, a company owned by Amper Group and with factories in Ferrol and As Somozas (Galicia, Spain), is a pioneer in floating offshore wind platforms. The cooperation between the two companies provides European customers with local WindWings supply.

In light of the evolving EU emissions guidelines and the potential for cost-effective auxiliary wind propulsion, BAR considers the creation of a European producer for its WindWings a crucial step toward achieving worldwide decarbonisation within the shipping industry.

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From procurement to installation

Under the terms of the agreement, Nervion will manage the value chain of procurement and construction of WindWings, and their installation throughout all the shipyards, in Europe. Additionally, Nervion will manage the servicing of WindWings during their operational life cycle, alongside running training on the operation of the wing sails for vessel crews.

BAR Technologies will retain the obligation to continue to innovate and establish additional WindWings sizes and offerings.

‘The establishment of a European supplier of WindWings offers the opportunity to grow global sales of WindWings, as vessel owners increasingly look to add wind propulsion to existing and new build vessels to comply with EU regulations,’ says John Cooper, CEO, BAR Technologies. ‘Partnering with Nervion enables us to work with an organisation with a legacy in wind energy manufacturing, to enhance the geographical availability of our WindWings technology.’

BAR’s agreement with Nervion adds to its existing partnership with China Merchants (CMET), the latter offering sales and manufacture in Asia.

Picture by BAR Technologies.

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