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Oldendorff Carriers to harness wind power for its dry bulk fleet

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Oldendorff Carriers is looking to harness wind power for its dry bulk carriers as the company embarks on a project to develop wind-assisted propulsion solution.

On Tuesday, the shipowner signed a joint development project (JDP) with Anemoi Marine Technologies, Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) to develop the wind technology.

The JDP is slated to be completed in 2022, potentially breaking down barriers for the installation of rotor sails technology and paving the path for commercial-ready applications.

“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), Oldendorff seeks to achieve a comprehensive functional application of wind technology that returns environmental and commercial benefits throughout our vessels’ entire life cycle,” said Torsten Barenthin, director innovation of Oldendorff.

The vertical rotor sails will be fitted on an Oldendorff newcastlemax bulker of 207,000-dwt for trials on long haul voyages.

In order to ensure the rotors do not interfere 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.

Mark Darley, coo of LR Marine & Offshore Chief, 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.”

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