A research project to develop a design for a near-zero-emission ship integrating several decarbonising technologies is about to get underway.

With €10m ($12.1m) from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 scheme, technologies including a hydrogen-fuelled engine and wind propulsion will be tested on ships and in laboratories, and assessed alongside batteries, fuel cells, heat recovery, air lubrication and anti-fouling systems.

The way vessels are designed and operated will also feature in the three-year project starting on 1 June.

Wind propulsion results will come from the trials on a Cargill-chartered kamsarmax bulker that will be fitted with a WindWings sail developed by BAR Technologies.