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.
he 143m, 1036 TEU capacity ‘Kalamazoo’ is owned by Singapore-based Norse and the wind assist systems will be supplied by the Netherlands-based company, Econowind. According to the company, this is one of the initiatives of ONE’s operational cost optimization project cluster called “Sapphire + Project”, and it can also contribute to the decarbonization initiatives in ONE’s Green Strategy.
Reduction of GHG emissions is ONE’s top business priority. This first wind assist system utilization will be a great milestone to our goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050
…said Takashi Kase, Senior Vice President of ONE
The two containerized units will be equipped with the wing design from Econowind, the ‘VentoFoil’. These have smart suction systems in order to control the airflow around the wing-shaped element ensuring maximal trust per surface area. The 10,5 x 2,8 m VentoFoil units will be able to generate thrust to save up to 400kW of engine power.
The more installations we can retrofit, the more data we can attain and learn from. This provides us with solid proof of how wind assisted ship propulsion is reducing emissions per nautical mile and with vessels improving their EEXI / EEDI.
…stated Frank Nieuwenhuis, CEO of Econowind
Norse is proud to be a partner with ONE and Econowind on this wind assisted propulsion project, targeting greener shipping in the years to come.
…added Sebastian Roed, Director of Norse