First of its kind ship at Geraldton Port.

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Mid West Ports Authority marine pilot Scott Beevers brought the wind propelled vessel in to Geraldton Port on April 6.
Camera IconMid West Ports Authority marine pilot Scott Beevers brought the wind propelled vessel in to Geraldton Port on April 6. Credit: Supplied.

A vessel considered to be at the ‘forefront of future ship development,’ arrived at Geraldton Port today.

According to the Mid West Ports Authority, the MV AFROS is the first bulk carrier propelled by wind to visit Geraldton Port.

It has a gross tonnage of 36452 tonnes, a length of 199m and a width of 32m.

The cargo ship has four large rotor sails on the starboard side.

The rotors drag air quickly around one side, creating a difference in pressure.

This phenomenon is said to be similar to what causes a ball to spin when thrown in some sports.

The thrust produced by the rotors is also said to reduce the need for engine power, and therefore save on fuel.

Marine pilot Ross Halsall said a ship with this type of configuration is a first for the port.

The MV AFROS will depart Geraldton Port tomorrow morning.

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