Vale and Omani shipowner Asyad have agreed on wind-assisted propulsion technology to be installed on the world’s largest ore carrier, a 400,000 dwt Valemax.
They will specifically install five Rotor Sails made by Anemoi Marine Technologies on the ship.
With a diameter of 5 meters and a height of 35 meters each, these cylindrical sails will capture wind energy to increase the ship’s forward thrust and energy efficiency.
The project, scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2024, is expected to reduce CO2 equivalent emissions by up to 3,000 tons annually and fuel consumption by about 6%.
Most of the deep-sea routes that Vale’s Valemax fleet travels are between Brazil, China, and the Middle East, making them ideal for wind power.
Rodrigo Bermelho, the Shipping Technical Manager at Vale, emphasises wind energy’s role in reducing the carbon footprint associated with shipping iron ore.
Anemoi’s COO, Nick Contopoulos, expressed excitement about the collaboration between Asyad and Vale and emphasised the importance of wind-assisted propulsion to Vale’s decarbonisation initiatives, which aim to improve energy efficiency and lower emissions.
To produce and deliver Rotor Sails, Anemoi has built a robust supply chain in China through collaborations with CSSC Chengxi, Lianyungang Zhongfu Lianzhong Composite Material Group, CRRC Corporation, and SaierNico Electric & Automation.
In cooperation with SDARI and Lloyd Register, they will also offer technical services, vessel integration design, project management, and post-delivery support for equipment design approval and classification.
In June 2023, a Kamsarmax bulk carrier with Rotor Sails was retrofitted successfully, exhibiting over 10% annual fuel savings. This project is the result of that retrofit.
Reference- Vale, Hellenic Shipping
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. While we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.
In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.
Marine Insight News Network is a premier source for up-to-date, comprehensive, and insightful coverage of the maritime industry. Dedicated to offering the latest news, trends, and analyses in shipping, marine technology, regulations, and global maritime affairs, Marine Insight News Network prides itself on delivering accurate, engaging, and relevant information.
Latest Shipping News You Would Like:
Get the Latest Maritime News Delivered to Your Inbox!
Our free, fast, and fun newsletter on the global maritime industry, delivered everyday.