In a significant leap towards sustainable maritime transport, Dakhla has launched a cutting-edge test and research center for maritime decarbonization. Located in El Argoub, 60 km from Dakhla, this new facility by Airseas, a French company specializing in wind propulsion technologies, marks a crucial step in reducing global maritime emissions.

With an investment of 50 million dirhams (MDH), the 80-hectare center is equipped with advanced installations to test and optimize the “Seawing,” a 1,000 m² automated kite designed to cut ship fuel consumption by 20%.

This innovative system uses AI-driven automated piloting to optimize trajectory and maximize efficiency. Its quick installation process is adaptable to various types of vessels, making it a versatile solution for the maritime industry.

The site includes a 2,400 m² hangar with mechanical and electronic workshops, and a command center simulating real navigation conditions.

Speaking to the press, Mounir Houari, Director General of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab Regional Investment Center (CRI), highlighted that the project has created around 30 direct jobs. “The region is experiencing a strong demand for renewable energy projects, which will positively impact local economic development,” Houari noted.

Airseas President and CEO Masao Nakayama explained that Dakhla-Oued Eddahab was the ideal location for this innovative project due to its favorable climatic conditions. He emphasized that the region has all the attributes to promote sustainable green development.

Adrien Fortin, Project Director of Airseas Maroc, mentioned that the goal of the new site is to serve as a testing ground for the “Seawing,” continually refining the product to achieve the target of reducing ship fuel consumption by 20%.

The inauguration ceremony saw the attendance of Mohamed Dahbi, Secretary General of the province of Oued Eddahab, alongside elected officials, consuls general from several countries in Dakhla, and both Moroccan and international economic operators.

This new center not only symbolizes a stride towards maritime sustainability but also strengthens Dakhla’s position as a leader in green innovation, paving the way for a cleaner, more efficient future in global shipping.