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Wednesday, May 26, 2021 

TR Lady Shipping, a subsidiary of Tufton Investment Management, has signed a commercial agreement with Anemoi Marine Technologies to supply and fit the bulk carrier 'TR Lady' with three large Rotor Sails and Anemoiís patented Rail Deployment System, which allows the Rotor Sails to be moved across the deck to minimise impact on port operations.

TR Lady is a CS Marine design 82,000 dwt Kamsarmax bulker, built in 2017 by Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group, and managed by Tufton.  The Anemoi Rotor Sails work on the Flettner Rotor principle, being vertical cylinders which, when driven to rotate, harness the renewable power of the wind to provide additional forward thrust. The mechanical sails capitalise on the aerodynamic phenomenon known as the Magnus Effect and are expected to deliver significant fuel and emission savings to TR Lady.

TR Lady will be retrofitted with the Rotor Sails during scheduled dry docking of the vessel. Anemoi will provide full project management, supply and delivery of the system equipment. Work will be undertaken at a Chinese yard and is scheduled to be completed in mid-2022. Class approvals will be awarded by Lloyd’s Register.

Kim Diederichsen, CEO Anemoi Marine Technologies, said: “This landmark commercial agreement demonstrates Tufton’s confidence in our technology and proves their industry leadership and commitment to a decarbonised shipping industry. I am delighted to be working with a company that shares our environmental values and I look forward to a successful installation. Recently, we have seen significant interest and demand for our wind propulsion systems as our industry continues to place environmental stewardship at the top of its agenda. Tufton are definitely leading the way and we are pleased to be able to support them on that journey.”  

Tufton CEO Andrew Hampson said: “Tufton is committed to achieving IMO’s ambition of at least a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (compared to 2008 levels). The commercial agreement with Anemoi is representative of Tufton’s capability to carefully select from a variety of environmentally friendly technologies in order to achieve commercial as well as environmental targets. I am pleased to work with Anemoi and look forward to a successful installation with the resulting reduction in emissions.”

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