LDA reducing fleet’s carbon footprint with bound4blue eSAILs
The ambition to decarbonise its fleet has seen the French shipowner Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) partner with a Spanish company bound4blue to install three suction sails on one of its vessels. The collaboration between the two companies emerged more than three years ago, as LDA explored options to optimise operations and costs an to reduce the carbon footprint of its fleet.
Both companies worked together during 2020 on a preliminary project to assess the viability of the installation on one of LDA‘s vessels. In parallel, the financing to launch the project has been closed, with the support of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Acceleration Program, allowing to install bound4blue’s technology on one of LDA’s vessels during 2023.
José Miguel Bermúdez, CEO of bound4blue, highlights that this is “a great milestone to expand our technology, as it gives us the possibility of scaling up our systems for larger ships and doing it with a top-tier shipowner in France and in Europe, which is undoubtedly a big step forward for bound4blue”.
Regarding the support received from the EIC, Bermúdez states that “it is very important for our company, not only financially but also in terms of accelerating our development and launching far-reaching projects. This will undoubtedly take our technology a step forward, increasingly becoming a standard for sustainable maritime mobility”.
Kamil Beffa, CEO of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, added, “We pay particular attention to the decarbonisation of all our ships and are taking a proactive approach to study, develop and adopt solutions in this direction. Our ship project management, engineering and innovation teams have been working for more than 3 years in partnership with bound4blue to implement an innovative and environmentally virtuous solution to assist in the propulsion of our ships. With the eSAIL® system, the sail propulsion will take the form of boundary layer suction wing profiles and will take advantage of the apparent wind encountered by the vessel to generate additional thrust. This device should make it possible to generate substantial fuel savings.”
The collaboration with LDA follow’s bound4blue’s contract to retrofit Amasus’ general cargo vessel, the EEMS Traveller with two 17-metre-high eSAILs. And, to remind, 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.