CLdN fits Delphine with rotor sails, time for testing

CLdN fits Delphine with rotor sails, time for testing

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The logistics specialist for sea, rail and road CLdN, has got its MV Delphine back following the fitment of a rotor sail wind propulsion system. The vessel will return to service from Zeebrugge, Belgium, from February 27 onwards. It is also the first vessel in CLdN’s fleet to be fitted with the rotor sail wind system. 

The MV Delphine is a vessel with a cargo capacity of over 8,000 lane meters and transits between the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. “She is the largest and one of the most fuel-efficient short sea roll-on / roll-off (ro-ro) vessel operating in the world today with 28 grammes of CO2 emitted per tonne of cargo shipped per km travelled,” the company said in its statement. The vessel now has two rotor sails deployed, which will enable it to cut its emissions down by a further 10 percent.

“The rotor sails, which can be installed on new vessels or retrofitted on existing ships, incorporate a modernised version of the Flettner rotor, a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to add forward thrust to a ship. The solution is fully automated and detects whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel and emission savings, at which point the sails start automatically. The sails are also tiltable, allowing the vessel to pass under bridges and maintaining operational flexibility,” the statement reads.

CLdN will work with the Maritime Technology Division at Ghent University to study the performance of the sails on the MV Delphine in the coming months.

Gary Walker, Chief Operating Officer, CLdN RoRo, commented, “The rotor sails will maximise our fuel and emissions savings on the MV Delphine and we will use this project to help determine how the technology could be deployed on the current CLdN fleet and our new-build vessels. Delphine’s redeployment to the fleet will help meet the current high levels of customer demand.”

Author: Adnan Bajic

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