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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 

Oldendorff Carriers has signed a Joint Development Project (JDP) with Anemoi Marine Technologies, Lloyd’s Register and Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) to develop a wind-assisted propulsion solution for Dry Bulk Carriers.

The project, scheduled for completion in 2022, breaks down significant barriers for the installation of rotor sails technology and paves the path for commercial-ready applications across the industry in the short-term.

Torsten Barenthin, Director Innovation, Oldendorff Carriers, said: “This JDP, together with other ongoing projects in our company, is a testament to our commitment to the development and application of green technologies across our fleet. By partnering with the ship designer (SDARI), manufacturer (Anemoi) and Classification Society (LR), OC seeks to achieve a comprehensive functional application of wind technology that returns environmental and commercial benefits throughout our vessels’ entire life cycle”.

Anemoi’s patented vertical rotors will be installed on deck. These mechanical sails, when driven to rotate, harness the power of the wind to provide additional thrust to vessels, reducing fuel consumption and lowering carbon emissions. In order to ensure the rotors do not interefere with cargo operations and air draft limitations, the sails are mounted with a folding system that enables them to be lowered from vertical into a horizontal position on deck. By fitting vertical rotors on a Newcastlemax bulk carrier of 207,000 dwt, wind propulsion can be tested on long haul voyages. Once the design and study phases have been concluded, the decision will be made about whether installation on an actual vessel will proceed.

“We are honoured to see Oldendorff Carriers, an industry leader, acknowledge Anemoi Rotor Sails as a key solution to reducing energy consumption and harmful emissions in the bulk sector. Partnering in this project further demonstrates Oldendorff Carriers’ commitment to sustainable shipping and their support of emerging wind propulsion technology as a route to future environmental compliance and decarbonisation“ said Nick Contopoulos, COO Anemoi Marine Technologies.

Mark Darley, LR Marine and Offshore COO, said: “As the need to decarbonise the shipping industry becomes more pressing, this JDP with leaders in maritime marks an important milestone on the journey and further demonstrates LR’s commitment to accelerating this transition. The partners’ collective action and joint collaboration will see the development of solutions that will meet current and future environmental targets.”

Wang Gang Yi, Chief Engineer, SDARI, said: “It is our great honor to provide green solution designs to Oldendorff Carriers, a leading shipping company. We believe the JDP shows the maritime community OC' is serious about its efforts to reduce GHG emissions and make shipping sustainable and competitive. We think that using wind assistance for enhancing propulsion is a viable way of helping to decarbonise the industry.”

The rotor sails technology is a complementary solution suitable for combination with other green developments. Last year OC signed an agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Bits & Atoms to investigate disruptive improvements in ship design and propulsion to achieve the IMO 2030/50 goals.

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