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NORSEPOWER WINS FIRST NEWBUILD ORDER

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 

Finnish provider of auxiliary wind propulsion systems Norsepower has announced its first newbuild order, for the installation of a record five tilting Rotor Sails on board a large bulk carrier.

This is the first installation of Norsepower’s 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 an agreement between Ro-Ro operator SEA-CARGO and Norsepower for the first installation of a 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, the new order reflects the Rotor Sails adaptability as a means of reducing GHG and other emissions on new-builds as well as retrofits. It underlines the technology’s ability to 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%.

Tuomas Riski, CEO Norsepower, said: “We are thrilled to be installing five tilting Rotor Sails onboard not only the first Norsepower newbuild order, but also the first bulk carrier. Installing the Rotor Sails on the first bulk carrier demonstrates that our technology is adaptable for both retrofits and newbuild vessels, and across varied operational profiles and vessel types. The Rotor Sails can improve a vessel’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and future-proof vessels against impending IMO GHG regulations. There is incredible value in using wind propulsion, particularly as it is a solution available now with proven results. We look forward to seeing the Rotor Sails in action next year.”

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. Norsepower says its Rotor Sail is the first third-party verified and commercially operational auxiliary wind propulsion technology for the global maritime industry. The solution is fully automated and detects whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel and emission savings, at which point the Rotor Sails start automatically.

This will be the sixth installation of the Norsepower Rotor Sails and the first on a bulk carrier.

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