It takes three to tango


Meet the team behind Oceanbird

Oceanbird is a flagship project for Swedish maritime research. Crucial to its success is the collaboration between three of the world’s leading players in their respective fields. Together, Wallenius Marine, KTH and SSPA contribute considerable resources and vast knowledge concerning vessel design incorporating wind propulsion. The Oceanbird project is supported by the Swedish Transport Administration, also acting as a co-financier.

Our company history and our successes are largely based on strong partnerships and cooperation.
Jonas Kleberg, CEO Soya Group

Wallenius Marine

Wallenius Marine – part of Soya Group – owns the project and contribute with design and logistical expertise. The company is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and offers ship management, ship design and newbuilding, performance management (advanced data collection and analysis) and Marine IT. Wallenius Marine was an early adopter of a zero-emissions target. With a long-term perspective and an integrated way of working, operational feedback is used to enhance performance and optimize the design of next generation of vessels. As a result, Wallenius Marine builds high efficiency vessels with minimum fuel consumption. The vision is to lead the way towards truly sustainable shipping.

  • Approx 800 employees.

  • Two ship management offices, placed in Stockholm and Singapore.

  • Have been a frontrunner in the global shipping industry since 1934.

  • Designed and built more than 70 vessels since the mid 90’s with a strong focus on sustainable shipping.

  • Certified according to ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015.

  • Family owned company and part of the Soya Group. Five core values ties the group together: Pioneering spirit, Long-term perspective, Social responsibility, Environment and Quality.


An efficient Swedish cluster

The independent Swedish research institute SSPA is contributing with expertise within the development and validation of new testing methods, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic simulation methods and risk simulation. SSPA has a long history of research, development and innovation serving the maritime sector.

Areas of expertise include hydro and aerodynamic verification, safety, logistics and sustainability. SSPA is fully owned by the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation.

KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology, addresses the challenges within areas such as aerodynamics, sailing mechanics and performance analysis. KTH is one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities.

Naval architecture has been a field of research at the university since it was founded in the beginning of the 19th century. Today wind propulsion and maritime robotics are examples of specializations within the field.

The success of working together

Richard Jeppsson, VP Commercial & Partnership Oceanbird

Well-functioning partnerships are key to our success

Our company history as well as our business today are largely based on successful partnerships and cooperation. Our founder, Olof Wallenius, and his wife Signe together built an international network of cooperation and partnerships based on confidence and trust, as well as with respect for the idea that a good deal must be good for all parties. We believe differences enrich. One plus one will not always be two, or may add up to more. We therefore focus on how different competencies and financial resources can be successfully combined. We perceive cultural differences as both interesting and positive, given that through confidence and trust, we create mutual respect and release untapped energy. Together we are stronger.


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