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Tuesday, June 8, 2021 

Spanish engineering company bound4blue, together with monitoring specialist Kyma and fishing operator Organización de Palangreros de A Guarda (ORPAGU) have together installed a bound4blue eSAIL rigid sail system on the 'Balueiro Segundo', the first such installation on a fishing vessel.

The rigid 12m high sail, equipped with an autonomous control system, was transported from Spain to Panama for installation on the Balueiro Segundo. Stability tests and commissioning have been carried out ready for the start of commercial operation. Norwegian efficiency monitoring company Kyma will be responsible for monitoring and validating fuel savings and reductions in emissions during sea trials in the Pacific Ocean.

The rigid sail installation is approved by Bureau Veritas and the Dirección General de la Marina Mercante (Spain). The eSAIL is said to be a lightweight, compact technology with low maintenance costs that can be installed on both existing and new build ships, and with a clear focus on the cargo fleet. It is aligned with the objectives of IMO, under which the maritime industry is looking for innovative solutions that allow sustainability goals to be attained, while reducing operational costs.

José Miguel Bermúdez, CEO, bound4blue, said: “This installation on the Balueiro Segundo vessel represents a great milestone for the company, as a first step towards future installations on larger ships and in different segments, such as tankers, bulk carriers, Ro-Ro or general cargo ships. In fact, our eSAIL system is fully scalable; we’re already manufacturing a 17m high unit, fully tiltable, which will be installed on a general cargo ship after the summer, and we’ve also projected larger sails which are about to start being manufactured. Having active collaboration with shipowners and institutions as catalysts for innovation such as, in this case with ORPAGU and the European Union through their support in the Aspiring Wingsails project, has been absolutely key to making this happen.”

The manufacturing and commissioning of bound4blue’s technology and Kyma's monitoring system are co-funded by the European Union, in the framework of the Aspiring Wingsails project, while ORPAGU has received institutional support from the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

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