Norsepower together with SEA-CARGO has developed a tiltable version of its rotor sail, two of which will be installed on the latter's side door ro-ro SC Connector.
The 35 m-tall machinery is scheduled for mounting in Q4 2020. According to the parties, using wind power will reduce GT 12,251-big SC Connector's emissions by 25%.
Developing an almost horizontal tiltable solutions has been necessary as the vessel plies across a route that requires navigating under multiple bridges and power lines.
"We are delighted to be working with SEA-CARGO, not only as they are keen to demonstrate their commitment to maximising the propulsive power of wind to reduce emissions, but also for their cooperation and innovation in making tilting Rotor Sails a realisation," Tuomas Riski, CEO, Norsepower, said.
He further explained, "Rotor Sails are particularly well suited to Ro-Ro vessels and working with SEA-CARGO to deliver a tilting Rotor Sail ensures we are providing an adaptable solution which fits with particular vessel requirements, specifically demonstrating vessels with height restrictions to benefit from the Rotor Sail solution."
Ole Sævild, Managing Director, SEA-CARGO, also said, "With a growing international focus on reducing CO2 emissions and other gases/particles - the ability to harness wind to generate energy, reduce fuel consumption and emissions is a natural next step for the maritime transport industry."
"In good wind conditions, the sailing hybrid vessel will maintain regular service speed by sail alone," Sævild highlighted.