Leading global provider of auxiliary wind propulsion systemsNorsepower Oy Ltd announced its first newbuild order for the installation of a record five tilting Rotor Sails on board a large bulk carrier. The agreement heralds the first installation of Norsepower’s innovative Rotor Sails on a bulk carrier, demonstrating the adaptability of the technology to reduce fuel consumption, fuel costs and reduce emissions across a variety of vessel types. Preparations are currently taking place with the installation onboard, the owner of which preferring to remain anonymous at this stage, scheduled for 2021.
The announcement follows soon after an agreement between Ro-Ro operator SEA-CARGO and Norsepower for the first the installation of the world’s first tiltable Rotor Sail, showcasing the innovative design adaptations that can be made for individual vessel requirements.
With 2030 and 2050 IMO GHG emission targets driving the shipping industry to decarbonise, this announcement again reflects the Rotor Sails adaptability as a means of greatly reducing GHG and other emissions on new-builds as well as retrofits. It also underlines the technology’s ability to drastically cut emissions on any vessel type, and with any fuel. Harnessing wind to generate thrust and reduce both fuel consumption and emissions has been demonstrated as a viable and current option, with achievable, and typical, savings of 5 – 20%, depending on the wind conditions and vessel route. Recent case studies demonstrate savings of up to 25%.
The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution, which can be installed on new vessels or retrofitted on existing ships, is a modernised version of the Flettner rotor, a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to thrust a ship.