MV Beluga SkySails

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MV Beluga SkySails

In 2006 Shipyard Volharding requested us to assist them with the engineering, procurement and installation (EPCI) of the mechanical systems for a 9,770 DWT Multi Purpose General Cargo Vessel for shipping company Beluga Group. The vessel was the first to be equipped with wind propulsion technologies in the form of a giant computer-controlled kite rig with an area of 160 square meters.


Shipyard Volharding commissioned us for the following tasks:

  • Piping systems design
  • Detail engineering with 3D modeling
  • Supplying equipment, valves and instrumentation
  • Piping prefabrication
  • Piping systems installation
  • Piping systems commissioning


The vessel with new build number VG633 has an overall length of 132,2m with a beam of 15,87m and 7,73m draught. The main engine is a MaK 8M32C delivering 3,840 kW of power at 100% MCR.

The SkySails kite rig was tested up to eight hours a day in winds of up to force five. The system gave calculated savings of up to 2.5 tons of fuel per day. With larger sails of up to 600m², fuel savings of between 10% and 35% are estimated to be possible.