Norsepower, in partnership with Maersk Tankers, The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), and Shell Shipping & Maritime, yesterday (14 March) announced that it will install and trial Flettner rotor sails on board a Maersk Tankers-owned vessel.
The project will be the first installation of wind-powered energy technology on a product tanker vessel, and will provide insights into fuel savings and operational experience. The rotor sails will be fitted during the first half of 2018, before undergoing testing and data analysis at sea until the end of 2019.
Maersk Tankers will supply a 109,647 dwt LR2 product tanker vessel which will be retrofitted with two 30m tall by 5m diameter Norsepower Rotor Sails. Combined, these are expected to reduce average fuel consumption on typical global shipping routes by 7-10 per cent.
The project is majority funded by the UK’s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) with contributions from Maersk Tankers and Norsepower. Shell will act as project co-ordinator, and provide operational and terminal/port consultancy to the project team, while Maersk Tankers will provide technical and operational insight.
Commenting on the partnership, Norsepower chief executive Tuomas Riski said: “We are privileged and excited to be collaborating with Maersk Tankers, Shell, and the ETI on this project. We are optimistic that support for this trial from these industry-leading organisations will open up the market for our technology to a larger number of long-range product tanker vessels – paving the way for ship fuel efficiencies, and ultimately reducing emissions, including greenhouse gases. As an abundant and free renewable energy, wind power has a role to play in supporting the shipping industry to reduce its fuel consumption and meet impending carbon reduction targets.”