Published 2021-01-22 00:00:00
SC Connector with two 35m tall Rotor Sails
are estimated to reduce fuel consumption, fuel costs, and emissions by as much as 25%

Norsepower Oy Ltd., the leading global provider of auxiliary wind propulsion systems, has successfully installed two 35m tall Rotor Sails for SEA-CARGO, a leading logistics provider in the North Sea market. This installation heralds the world’s first tiltable Rotor Sail, showcasing that vessels that have to negotiate height restricted routes can benefit from this fuel and emissions-saving solution.

According the analysis conducted by Norsepower and SEA-CARGO, the installation - on board the SC Connector, a 12,251 gross tonne (GT) sidedoor Ro-Ro – can achieve a fuel consumption, fuel cost and carbon emissions reduction of up to 25%. In good wind conditions, the sailing vessel will maintain regular service speed by sail alone.

As shipping transitions towards decarbonisation and meeting IMO’s targets of 2030 and 2050, the maritime transport industry is looking for proven solutions to ensure emissions reductions. Harnessing wind is a natural step to reducing emissions and fuel consumption. Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Solution is a modernised version of the Flettner rotor, a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to thrust a ship.

SC Connector, which sails between Western Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and, also, Sweden and Poland, transits under multiple bridges and powerlines, requiring adaptation of the Rotor Sails to tilt to almost horizontal when required.


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