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CLdN’s “MV Delphine” to resume service with newly fitted wind propulsion system

27 Feb 2023

CLdN, the logistics specialist for sea, rail, and road, on Thursday (23 February) said MV Delphine has been successfully fitted with rotor sail wind propulsion system. 

She is the first vessel in the CLdN fleet to be fitted with the system and will return to service from Zeebrugge, Belgium, as from 27 February.  

MV Delphine is a vessel with a cargo capacity of over 8,000 lane metres 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) vessels operating in the world today with 28 grams of CO2 emitted per tonne of cargo shipped per km travelled. With two 35mx5m rotor sails deployed, the ship will emit even less greenhouse gas going forward thanks to an emission reduction saving of up to 10%.

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.

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, said: “CLdN is the top performer amongst its ro-ro shipping peers in Northwest Europe, producing the lowest CO2 emissions per tonne of freight carried with its fleet of modern ships.”

“By investing in technologically advanced ships and terminals, CLdN enables its customers to improve their carbon footprint and support them in making their supply chains more efficient and robust. 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.”


Photo credit: CLdN
Published: 27 February, 2023

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