The project was the first installation of wind-powered energy technology on a product tanker vessel, and provided insights into fuel savings and operational experience. The rotor sails were fitted during the first half of 2018, before undergoing testing and data analysis at sea until the end of 2019.
Maersk Tankers supplied a 109,647-deadweight tonne (DWT) Long Range 2 (LR2) product tanker vessel which was retrofitted with two 30m tall by 5m diameter Norsepower Rotor Sails. Combined, these reduced average fuel consumption on typical global shipping routes by 7-10%.
The project was majority funded by the UK’s ETI with contributions from Maersk Tankers and Norsepower. Shell acted as project coordinator, and provided operational and terminal / port consultancy to the project team, while Maersk Tankers provided technical and operational insight.