Maersk Tankers to continue using rotor sails after 8.2% fuel savings from trial

Maersk Tankers vessel Maersk Pelican is set to continue using rotor sails after an initial one-year trial produces fuel savings of 8.2%.

The trial of two rotor sails from Norsepower between 1 September 2018 and 1 September 2019 on the LR2 product tanker was operated in conditions ranging from tropical climate to arctic conditions in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia over the year period. The results of the trial along with Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and Shell International Trading and Shipping Company showed an 8.2% saving in fuel consumption equating to 1,400 tonnes of equivalent of CO2 emission reductions. The results were validated by Lloyd’s Register.

“During the one-year trial period on Maersk Pelican, crew and operators have reported positively on the usability, safety and performance of the rotor sails in all conditions,” said Tommy Thomassen, chief technical officer at Maersk Tankers.

Following the trial Maersk Tankers plans to continue using the rotor sails on the Maersk Pelican.

“We see wind technology as one of the technologies that can give us a real breakthrough in reducing CO2 and help us achieve our emission-reduction target of 30% by 2021. We will closely follow the development around the financial and commercial viability of the technology for potential future installations on some of our other larger vessels, while we have decided that Maersk Pelican will continue to sail with the rotor sails,” Thomassen said.

Posted 25 October 2019

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