A project that aims to deliver a 99% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will test a solid wind sail technology developed by marine engineer BAR Technologies on a kamsarmax bulker.

A consortium of vessel charterers, operators, marine technology companies, designers and academics will seek to develop decarbonisation technologies that can deliver the cuts through a 36-month project starting in June 2021.

The CHEK project aims to deliver a kamsarmax bulker and a Meraviglia-class cruiseship that BAR Technologies said “will be targeting a 99% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, at least 50% savings in energy, and a reduction in black carbon emissions of over 95%”.