Amasus retrofits EEMS Traveller with bound4blue's suction sails

Amasus retrofits EEMS Traveller with bound4blue’s suction sails

Photo source: International Windship Association (IWSA)

Amasus Shipping designated its general cargo vessel, the EEMS Traveller to be the first in its fleet to harness wind power. The 91-metre long vessel will be retrofitted with two 17-metre-high eSAILs during a port call in 2022.

A similar unit was installed by bound4blue in December 2021 on La Naumon, being the largest suction sail ever built and installed on a ship.

The suction sails are expected to reduce the 2,850 dwt ship’s fuel costs and annual CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent in favourable trade routes. The installation will also reduce the vessel’s Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) and improve the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII), further extending its compliance with the IMO measures aimed at reducing the carbon intensity of international shipping.

José Miguel Bermúdez, CEO of bound4blue said, “Collaborating with Amasus Shipping team in this multiple sail installation is an opportunity to show again that general cargo ships, which account for roughly twenty seven percent of the world merchant fleet, can benefit from our wind propulsion system.”

Arend-Jan Rozema, managing director of Amasus Shipping, said, “Setting the right course is inextricably linked to shipping. In bound4blue we found a solid and professional partner in our mission as Amasus to reduce the energy footprint of our fleet. We feel that wind is one of the most sustainable energy sources available and should be used for all our benefit if possible. Reducing energy consumption by combining multiple techniques is the best pathway towards Sustainable Shipping.”

Author: Adnan Bajic

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