MOL and Vale install rotor sails on Capesize bulk carriers Ship’s crew

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Vale International have announced a partnership to retrofit a 200,000 tonne Capesize bulk carrier with two 35m x 5m rotor sails manufactured by Norsepower. The ship’s identity has not been disclosed as it is currently employed under a medium-term contract transporting iron ore for Vale.

The rotor sails are expected to be installed in the first half of 2024. A modernized version of the Flettner rotor, rotor sails use the Magnus effect to generate forward thrust, reducing overall fuel consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Norsepower Rotor Sails sails are made of light and strong composite material and are equipped with a fully automatic control system that creates thrust when the wind creates a differential pressure around the tilt rotor as the ship sails.

The installation of the two rotor sails is expected to reduce fuel and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by around 6 to 10% in combination with the voyage optimization technology. This will enable significant progress towards decarbonization goals and reduce fuel consumption.

Norsepower have already installed their version of Rotor Sails on a number of vessels including a newly built Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) chartered to Vale with four Rotor Sails installed.

MOL and Vale said they are both committed to stable iron ore transportation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The partnership is an important step towards sustainable shipping and the fight against climate change.

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