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Norsepower lands first installation deal for Rotor Sails on newbuild bulk carrier

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Norsepower's Rotor Sails
Norsepower has announced its first newbuild order for the installation of five tilting Rotor Sails onboard a bulk carrier.

The deal is a first for 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, scheduled for 2021.

The announcement follows soon after an agreement between roro operator Sea-Cargo and Norsepower for the first installation of the world’s first tiltable Rotor Sail.

“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,” said Tuomas Riski, ceo of Norsepower.

“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,” Riski added.

With 2030 and 2050 IMO GHG (greenhouse gas) emission targets driving the shipping industry to decarbonise, Norsepower believes that the Rotor Sails can contribute to GHG emissions reduction on newbuilds as well as retrofits.

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% to 20%, depending on the wind conditions and vessel route.

The latest deal is the sixth installation of the Norsepower Rotor Sails and the first on a bulk carrier.

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