NYK Bulkship will introduce a wind-assisted ship-propulsion unit on a bulk carrier in order to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
BAtlantic will equip the bulk carrier with the VentoFoil wind-assisted propulsion unit from Econowind, wingsail producer based in the Netherlands. This will be the first time for a unit of this type to be installed on an NYK Group vessel.
As mentioned, this unit is expected to help reduce GHG emissions during vessel navigation. NBAtlantic will collect data on the propulsion generated by this equipment, in addition to meteorological and ocean conditions during navigation, and measure the unit’s effectiveness in collaboration with Cargill International S.A, the ship’s charterer.
Sitting on an approximately 6-meter flat rack container with no walls, VentoFoil has a 16-meter vertical wing that plays the role of a sail.
To remind, earlier this year Ocean Network Express (ONE) decided to install two containerized wind assist units on one of their operated container feeder ships before the end of 2023.