DNV GL has awarded the clean technology company the first ever type approval for an auxiliary wind propulsion system onboard a commercial ship.
The approval was awarded in February after a design assessment of Norsepower’s 30 metre-high rotor sail, two of which have been installed onboard the Maersk Pelican LR2 tanker. The certification means that vessels using Norsepower’s rotor sails are technically capable of navigating ‘all operational and environmental situations’.
Norsepower Oy Ltd., the leading clean technology and engineering company pioneering modern auxiliary wind propulsion for the global maritime industry, today announced that its innovative Rotor Sail Solution has received the first-ever type approval design certificate granted to an auxiliary wind propulsion system onboard a commercial ship.
To date, the technology has been installed on three vessels and has achieved over 35,000 hours in operation, saving more than 4,500 tonnes of CO2 in the process. The solution has delivered independently verified fuel savings with a potential of up to 20%.
Commenting on the type approval, Norsepower CEO Tuomas Riski said: ‘We are very proud to be the first company to have type approval granted to an auxiliary wind propulsion system onboard a commercial ship. Having a type approval design certificate is very important to us.
‘Clearly, it provides shipowners, operators, and charterers with a level of assurance when investing in the Rotor Sail Solution, but in the long term, it removes yet another hurdle to the realisation of renewable wind energy propulsion systems at a scale that supports shipping’s transformation to a low carbon transport sector.’