The essential advance of CargoSail is to focus on the separation of the sail-carrying part of the vessel from the cargo-holding part for interaction with port infrastructure. This separation makes the concept interesting in many ways.
The variety of routes requires different sail configurations. By disconnecting the cargo from the sailing system a rapid redistribution to other (rigging) ship types is possible.
The aim is to scrutinize the idea of separating the cargo holding part from the sail-carrying system and at the same time identify the most promising related solutions and associated needs for detailed follow-up research and finally the development of commercially attractive shipping solutions for sea-trade in a zero emission world.
Different approaches on how and to what extend the separation of the sail-carrying system from the cargo-holding system can be achieved, will be investigated and evaluated.