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Advanced Wing Systems - Winner, Small Vessel Sector at the IWSA Innovation Awards

In March 2021, Quantum Sails announced a partnership with Advanced Wing Systems, the industry leader in soft-wing sails. In addition to shared technologies and expertise, Quantum also provides AWS with sail membranes for wing sails and other sails they use in various applications. The use of Quantum’s iQ Technology has been crucial to AWS projects, and the two are looking for ways to make wing sails more accessible across diverse platforms in the sailing and marine industry. Quantum Sails is proud to share the successes of our industry partner, AWS and celebrate their recent achievement.

Glasgow, Scotland - 11 Nov 2021

Advanced Wing Systems are delighted to announce that they are the 2021 winners of the International Windship Association’s Wind Propulsion Innovation Award - Small Vessel Sector. 

These awards honor the leaders in wind assisted shipping technologies, and the shortlist was curated by a panel of world renowned experts. The small vessel sector is sponsored by Marin Research Institute and the award ceremony took place at COP26 in Glasgow.

Greg Johnston, founder of AWS said, “To be shortlisted alongside these other projects was a privilege, and to have our work recognised by the public and industry experts alike, is the ultimate accolade. We would like to extend special thanks to Gavin Allwright, whose tireless work at IWSA is leading the shipping industry towards a cleaner future.”

Advanced Wing Systems have recently completed a successful 7500nm sea trial with their Semi Rigid Wing installed on a small vessel. The voyage took the team from South Africa to Spain, experiencing a wide range of environmental conditions.

Tom Whitby of Oracle Marine said, “It’s an honor to have won this prestigious award, and have the wonderful opportunity to attend the Marin facility to personally accept the award. This signifies the beginning of AWS’ next phase, as we move further into Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion on a large scale.”

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