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Norsepower Collaborates With SWS for VLCC Designs

Logistic News - Published on Tue, 10 Dec 2019

Image Source: Norsepower Shanghai Waigaoqiao
Leading provider of low maintenance, software operated, data verified auxiliary renewable wind propulsion systems Norsepower Oy Ltd announced the completion of a joint development project with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Ship Building Co Ltd for developing an energy efficient dual fuel VLCC design that has gained approval in principle from Lloyds Register and ABS. Under the agreement, Rotor Sails were implemented in the VLCC design for improving the fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.

The impact of the installation of Norsepower’s Rotor Sail solution, including a review of structural reinforcement and visibility calculation, was reviewed using computational-fluid dynamics during the joint development project, confirming a potential of 6-10% fuel and emissions savings, dependent on operating routes.

The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution, which can be installed on new vessels or retrofitted on existing ships without off-hire costs, is a modernised version of the Flettner rotor - a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind to propel a ship. The solution is fully automated and senses whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel savings, at which point the rotors start automatically – optimising crew time and resource.

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Posted By : Arun Huidrom on Tue, 10 Dec 2019
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