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Oldendorff to fit rotor sails to bulker

Oldendorff A mock up of Dietrrich Oldendorff with Rotor Sails installed.
Norsepower will install three of its rotor sails to Oldendorff Carriers’ post-panamax bulk carrier Dietrich Oldendorff.

The companies said that the three 24 metre by 4 metre units will be installed on the ship by mid-2024 to cut voyage CO2 emissions on its North Pacific trade route to Asia.

Rotor sails are a modernised version of Flettner rotors, vertical cylindrical structures which are rotated by onboard power, generating thrust from the aerodynamic effect of the rotation and wind.

Tuomas Riski, CEO of Norsepower, said: “Oldendorff is a dream customer for Norsepower in more than one way: a family-owned, legendary, company with over 100 years operating in the industry and around 700 vessels on the water today. 

“Oldendorff is making green shipping a reality today and is the best partner we could have on our journey towards the zero-carbon industry. I wholeheartedly welcome Oldendorff’s commitment to Norsepower’s mission of decarbonizing shipping and look forward to the next possibilities for cooperation!”