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LR teams with Anemoi and SDARI on rotor sail-equipped designs

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Lloyd’s Register (LR) has signed a joint development project (JDP) with Anemoi Marine Technologies and Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) to develop a series of designs for multiple ship types equipped with rotor sails.

Along with rotor sails, the new designs are expected to incorporate new hull forms, energy management systems and powering arrangements, as well as modified operational requirements, for greater energy efficiency..

Proposed ship types include 85,000 and 210,000 dwt bulk carriers, a 325,000 dwt very large ore carrier, a 114,000 dwt aframax tanker, a 50,000 dwt MR tanker and a VLCC.

Anemoi (from the Greek word for ‘wind gods’) coo Nick Contopoulos commented that the partnership would help wet and dry bulk owners and charterers “select rotor sail technology to future-proof their vessels in line with regulatory, environmental and commercial drivers. The AiP approved rotor sail vessel designs will give owners confidence when evaluating the technology for either wind ready or full installations.

“This development, coupled with our collaboration with Wartsila will facilitate volume production and technology roll out at scale,” he added.

SDARI chief engineer Wang Gang Yi said: “Under the ambitious IMO 2030 and 2050 targets for marine decarbonisation, as a ship designer, we are very interested in any positive research to improve ship efficiency. This JDP will give us an opportunity to cooperate with the innovation supplier and Class… to supply more green vessels to the shipping market.”

“As the need to decarbonise the shipping industry becomes more imminent, this JDP marks an important milestone in the journey that the industry is taking,” observed LR Marine and Offshore coo Mark Darley, “and further demonstrates LR’s commitment to accelerating this transition.” 


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