Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s plans to build a wind-powered ro-ro car carrier capable of carrying 7,000 vehicles have been boosted by €9m ($9.7m) in research funding from Horizon Europe.

The EU funding will be used in all aspects of planning, building and operating the sail-powered Orcelle Wind car and truck carrier with an aim for it now to commence sailing in late 2026 or early 2027.

“The Horizon Europe EU funding shows the concept stood up to the scrutiny of the EU funding authorities and that they had the confidence to give it their support,” said Roger Strevens, vice president of global sustainability at Wallenius Wilhelmsen.