Oldendorff Carriers has signed a Joint Development Project with Anemoi Marine Technologies, Lloyd’s Register and Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute to develop a wind assisted propulsion solution for Dry Bulk Carriers. The project, scheduled for completion in 2022, breaks down significant barriers for the installation of rotor sails technology and paves the path for commercial-ready applications across the industry in the short-term.
The adoption of this fuel saving technology consists of installing Anemoi’s patented vertical rotors on deck. These mechanical sails, when driven to rotate, harness the power of the wind to provide additional thrust to vessels, reducing fuel consumption and lowering carbon emissions. In order to ensure the rotors do not interefere with cargo operations and air draft limitations, the sails are mounted with a folding system that enables them to be lowered from vertical into a horizontal position on deck (See how the system works).
By fitting vertical rotors on a Newcastlemax bulk carrier of 207,000 tdw, wind propulsion can be tested on long haul voyages. Once the design and study phases have been concluded, the results obtained will determine whether we proceed with the installation of the wind rotor technology aboard one of our vessels.