Unexpected

Unexpected

Although it was very early on in my Merchant Navy career, more than 30 years ago now that I started realising humanity and the Shipping Industry particularly where on the wrong tack with regards to leaving some leeway for future generations, I didn't actually expect to see the day that the Shipping Industry would start a transition back to sail due to the complexity of our planet's systems & the lack of knowledge we have how everything interacts but apparently humanity's general ignorance and still increasing detachment has speeded things up to the extend that a transition is actually starting to happen right now although not initiated by the diehard fossil fuel & technology addicted Shipping Industry itself but they are either mariner (Neoline) or government (Swire)  developed initiatives.

However, with a recent announcement by Michelin we start seeing that a real "return to sail" breakthrough could actually be initiated by a totally unexpected player. If the concept actually works out at sea it is quite a revolutionary one because it appears to be extremely simple & cheap as compared to other shipping sustainable propulsion developments. An inflatable soft wing sail that can simply be totally deflated makes retrofitting existing vessels feasible and that would save humanity a lot of energy, natural resources & thus carbon footprint it can really no longer afford to waste.

Wisamo - Michelin Inflatable Sail