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Berge Bulk chooses Anemoi sails for large bulkers

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Singapore-based Berge Bulk is to install Anemoi Rotor Sails on two large bulk carriers. The 388,000 dwt Valemax, Berge Neblina, built in 2012, and the five-year-old Newcastlemax Berge Mulhacen, 210,000 dwt, will each have four ‘folding’ sails to reduce fuel consumption.

The Berge Neblina was made ‘wind-ready’ during a scheduled drydocking earlier this year and will have the first installations consisting of four sails mounted on the port side of the deck that can be lowered from vertical during cargo handling or air draught restrictions.

The wind-ready approach has been taken to align with vessel availability and Anemoi production slots, the company said. Four sails will also be fitted to the Berge Mulhacen acccording to plans approved by DNV.

The sails are expected to reduce each ship’s annual fuel consumption by 1,200 to 1,500 tonnes.

Berge Bulk’s Technical Director, Paolo Tonon, said: “We’re committed to continuous innovation and exploring cleaner, greener, energy sources. Wind propulsion is an option we have explored previously in other formats, and we firmly believe it can help achieve our decarbonisation commitments. The partnership with Anemoi commenced with in-depth engineering simulations to find the best possible technical and commercial solution. Therefore, we are pleased to be rolling out their Rotor Sail technology on our vessels.”

Kim Diederichsen, CEO of Anemoi Marine Technologies, commented: “I’m delighted to be announcing this partnership with Berge Bulk. It is a further confirmation that forward-thinking shipowners are turning to wind-assisted propulsion to help them achieve their environmental objectives – and it proves, once again, that Rotor Sails are a realistic and workable solution that results in significant carbon savings.”

In  a statement, Berge Bulk reitereated its commitment to developing and deploying commercially viable deep-sea, zero-emission vessels by 2030.

 

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