Norsepower signed an agreement with CLdN to install two tilting Rotor Sails on board a 2018-built Ro-Ro vessel to improve ship fuel efficiency and carbon emissions reduction.
reparations are currently taking place with the installation anticipated to be completed by December 2022, onboard the MV Delphine, a vessel with a cargo capacity of close to 8,000 lane meters.
The ship transits between the UK, Ireland and Europe and is the largest short sea Ro-Ro vessel operating in the world today. With two 35mx5m Rotor Sails, Norsepower has estimated that the technology would achieve a fuel and emission reduction saving of between 7 to 10% for this vessel, depending on the route.
Tuomas Riski, CEO, Norsepower, commented on the agreement:
Seeing the interest grow in our tilting Rotor Sail design demonstrates how the industry is looking for proven, flexible solutions to lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce fuel costs across a range of vessel sizes and operations
He also added that with fuel becoming increasingly expensive, making savings will also have a huge impact on commercial success.
The solution is fully automated and detects whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel and emission savings, at which point the Rotor Sails start automatically. This is the third installation of the tilting Rotor Sail function.
Installing two of Norsepower’s Rotor Sails will maximise our fuel and emissions savings on the MV Delphine, and this pilot project will help determine how the Rotor Sail technology could be rolled out on the current CLdN fleet and our new-build vessels
Gary Walker, COO Shipping, CLdN, concluded.
Last year, Norsepower had announced another collaboration with Kongsberg Maritime to facilitate the addition of wind propulsion to KM’s integrated power and propulsion systems.
KM now aims to add wind propulsion to its portfolio of strategies to facilitate greener operations, aided by its innovative controllable pitch propeller (CPP) solutions.