Mar 8, 2023 | Marine environment & clean shipping news

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Vale International of Brazil have announced a partnership to retrofit a 200,000 dwt bulk carrier, currently employed under a mid–term contract for transportation of iron ore for Vale, with two 35m x 5m rotor sails produced by Norsepower of Finland.

The installation of the rotor sails is expected in the first half of 2024. The Norsepower Rotor Sail, made of lightweight and strong composite material and with a fully automated control system, produces thrust as the wind generates differential pressure around the slewing rotor while the vessel is sailing. By applying this solution, the vessel is expected to achieve about 6-10% fuel and GHG emissions reductions, combined with voyage optimisation technology – enabling significant advancements towards decarbonisation goals and reducing fuel consumption.

MOL and Vale will continue to work towards both the stable transportation of iron ore and the reduction of GHG emissions.

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