The International Windship Association (IWSA) will promote the technology, applications and general concept of wind propulsion for the global commercial shipping industry. Some 50 members and supporters have already registered.

The organisers expect its ranks to swell in the coming months after holding an inaugural annual general meeting in October.

“IWSA will be sending out a clear message: wind propulsion is a serious and increasingly proven option, financially a win-win situation and we are here to work with an industry ready for change,” said association secretary Gavin Allwright.