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Wednesday, December 22, 2021 

Spain-headquartered wind assisted propulsion company bound4blue and the Astander shipyard have installed an 18m high eSail on a floating theatre vessel 'La Naumon', owned by La Fura dels Baus and production company Elipsis Onboard.

The rigid sail, equipped with a tilting mechanism and an autonomous control system, is said to offer a cost-effective and proven technology to comply with IMO emissions reduction regulations, such as the upcoming EEXI and CII measures.

José Miguel Bermúdez, CEO bound4blue, said: “Our rigid sails are quick and simple to install. Before the installation, a detailed vessel transformation project is performed and submitted to the Class Society and Flagging State for approval. Later, prior to the installation, the foundation and electrical work is completed. The installation can then be performed afloat, like in the case of La Naumon, during a scheduled drydocking or during any port call, as the operation takes less than a day.”

This installation, approved by DNV-GL, has been done within the framework of the ‘Greening the Blue’ project, co-funded by the EU. The Astander shipyard led the installation of the sail and German company Lanitz Aviation has tested new lightweight materials.

Astander director Juan Luis Sánchez said: "Reducing CO2 is one of the most ambitious goals for the maritime industry in upcoming years and installing this sail helps ships consume less fuel without losing competitive performance, and therefore, emit less. Greening the Blue is the first rigid sail installation project for Astander, and we can highlight that collaborating with bound4blue has been a great opportunity. It has been a great start and we hope to have the opportunity to work on more similar projects with other shipowners."

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