• BAR Technologies and Nervion Naval Offshore reach a partnership agreement to sell, manufacture and deliver BAR Technologies’ wing sail design, WindWings® in Europe. 

12-02-2024. BAR Technologies (BAR), a Wind Propulsion leader and an innovative simulation-driven marine engineering consultancy, has entered into a partnership agreement with Nervion Naval Offshore (Amper Group), a pioneer in floating offshore wind platforms, to wholly manage and oversee the production of BAR Technologies’ WindWings® in Europe.  

The agreement with Nervion Naval Offshore, a company owned by Amper Group and with factories in Ferrol and As Somozas (Galicia, Spain), is the first manufacturing partnership for BAR Technologies outside of China, and is one that provides European customers – and/or any customers who utilise drydocks in the region – with local WindWings® supply. 

In light of the evolving EU emissions guidelines and the potential for cost-effective auxiliary wind propulsion, the creation of a European producer for BAR’s WindWings® is considered a crucial step toward achieving worldwide decarbonisation within the shipping industry. 

Under the terms of the agreement, Nervion Naval Offshore will manage the value chain of procurement and construction of WindWings®, and their installation throughout all the shipyards, in Europe. Additionally, Nervion Naval Offshore will manage the servicing of WindWings® during their operational life cycle, alongside running training on the operation of the wing sails for vessel crews. BAR Technologies will retain the obligation to continue to innovate and establish additional WindWings® sizes and offerings.

Speaking on the signing of the agreement in Spain, John Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, BAR Technologies, commented: “The establishment of a European supplier of WindWings® offers the opportunity to grow global sales of WindWings®, as vessel owners increasingly look to add wind propulsion to existing and new build vessels to comply with EU regulations. Partnering with Nervion Naval Offshore enables us to work with an organisation with a legacy in wind energy manufacturing, to enhance the geographical availability of our WindWings® technology.” 

Roberto Bouzas, General Manager, Nervion Naval Offshore, commented: “With shipping undergoing transformational change, especially now that shipping is included with the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, we recognised the significance of the opportunity to work with BAR Technologies in bringing its pioneering WindWings® technology to the market here in Europe. Benefitting from our history in manufacturing for the wind energy industry, we look forward to supporting BAR Technologies with new WindWings® installations, and to continue the path towards the decarbonisation of global shipping. 

BAR’s agreement with Nervion adds to its existing partnership with China Merchants (CMET), the latter offering sales and manufacture in China.  

About BAR Technologies: 

With an impressive heritage, having originally spun out from the former British, America’s Cup Team, BAR Tech provide a wide range of design and engineering consultancy services with a focus on 4 key sectors; Workboats and Commercial Vessels, Shipping, Special Projects and Leisure Marine and Yachts. 

BAR Technologies offer a cohesive team of world-leading naval architects and optimisation specialists; fluid dynamists; mechanical, structural and composite engineers; control strategy and system specialists; they offer data and simulation engineers with access to the latest commercial knowledge, using bespoke in-house design tools. 

For more details please visit: https://www.bartechnologies.uk/  

About Nervion Naval Offshore 

Nervion Naval Offshore is a subsidiary of Amper Group. Amper is a Spanish business group with more than 60 years of history, of which more than 35 have been listed on the Spanish continuous market; it has a significant international presence and is a leader in technological, strategic industrial and engineering capabilities for the Defence and Security, Energy and Sustainability, and Telecommunications markets. 

Nervion Naval Offshore is integrated in Energy and Sustainabilty business unit of Amper Group and act as one of the most important contractors for the assembly operations of large Offshore structures and Shipbuilding manufacturer. 

A manufacturer within the wind energy industry for 8 years and is dedicated to the decarbonisation of the energy and shipping sectors. With 3 locations and over 800 employees and expertise in steel and composite manufacture, the company is perfectly suited to the manufacture of WindWings® 

For more details please visit: https://www.grupoamper.com/en/energy-and-sustainability/offshore-wind-platforms/