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Scandlines prepares sister ferry “M/V Berlin” for Norsepower rotor sail installation

15 Oct 2021

Provider of auxiliary wind propulsion systems Norsepower on Thursday (14 October) said it is preparing to install a Norsepower rotor sail on Scandlines’ sister ferry M/V Berlin after a recent successful installation on ferry M/V Copenhagen in 2020.

The hybrid ferry M/V Berlin operates on the Rostock-Gedser route while M/V Copenhagen is flagged by Germany.

The decision to install a rotor sail on M/V Copenhagen last year was based on a technical data from the provider Norsepower Oy Ltd, a few other shipping companies’ experiences, as well as its own studies and calculations affecting the route between Rostock to the south and Gedser to the north, it states.

“We expected the M/V Copenhagen rotor sail to provide a 4 – 5% carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction. That expectation has been met, so we have now taken the next step and prepared the sister ferry M/V Berlin for installation,” says Michael Guldmann Petersen, Scandlines’ COO.

The ferry’s operational route is positioned to meet the requirement giving the greatest benefit of the rotor sail for propulsion, namely the wind must be perpendicular to the sail.

“Our route across the Baltic Sea is north/south bound, and the prevailing wind is from the west or east. In other words, our Rotor Sails have optimal conditions,” says Chief Operating Officer.

Several of Scandlines’ other green initiatives on the way to emission-free ferries are not visible to the outside world, as they are below the water surface. A Rotor Sail that protrudes 30 metres into the air, on the other hand, is a very clear signal of a green vision.

“There has generally been a lot of interest in the Rotor Sail and in the beginning even wonder among the passengers about the ‘chimney.’ Most of the crew are now also masters of technical explanations that are easy to understand,” says Petersen.

“We are delighted that Scandlines is expanding its use of our Rotor Sail technology after achieving its CO2 emissions reduction targets on its first vessel, the M/V Copenhagen. Our rotor sail technology is technically applicable to approximately 30,000 vessels in the current global fleet of ships and we hope that this is a further signal to ship owners and operators that confidence is growing in wind propulsion technology,” says Tuomas Riski, CEO of Norsepower.

The preparation for the Rotor Sail includes building a steel foundation on the ferry, on which the Rotor Sail will be fixed. The initial work took place when the M/V Berlin was on a planned yard stay at Remontowa in Poland at the end of May. The installation of the rotor sail is scheduled for 2022.


Photo credit: Scandlines
Published: 15 October, 2021

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