The RoRo vessel Delphine will be equipped with two Rotor Sails (Source: HR Wallingford)

Logistics group adopts wind power for shortsea RoRo vessel

Luxembourg-headquartered logistics group, CLdN, is to install two tilting Rotor Sails from Finland’s Norsepower Oy Ltd aboard the Delphine, a 2018-built RoRo vessel. The two Rotor Sails, 35m by 5m, are expected to cut emissions by 7% to 10%, Norsepower said.

The Rotor Sails are fully automated, enabling them to operate effectively when wind conditions are suitable. The tilting function allows the sails to be lowered to meet air draught restrictions or for cargo operations. The Delphine system will be the third installation of the tilting Rotor Sail configuration.

Gary Walker, CLdN Shipping’s COO, noted that the company had been the top performer amongst northwest Europe RoRo operators in 2021, measured on CO2 emissions per tonne of freight. “By investing in technologically advanced ships and terminals, CLdN enables its customers to improve their carbon footprint and support them at the same time in making their supply chains more efficient and robust.

“Installing two of Norsepower’s Rotor Sails will maximise our fuel and emissions savings on the Delphine and this pilot project will help determine how the Rotor Sail technology could be rolled out on the current CLdN fleet and our newbuild vessels.”

Tuomas Riski, Norsepower CEO, said: “[Our] Rotor Sail installation on the Delphine demonstrates how the use of clean technology can modernise and evolve the performance of fleets’ younger vessels to manage emissions and help to increase asset value. With fuel becoming increasingly expensive, making savings will also have a huge impact on commercial success.”

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