Bound4blue and Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) have inked a deal for the manufacture and installation of four eSAILs on LDC’s chartered juice vessel, MV Atlantic Orchard. Depending on vessel routing, the sails are expected to reduce annual fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by at least ten per cent.

Chartered by LDC and owned by Wisby Tankers, MV Atlantic Orchard will be retrofitted with four 26-metre-high eSAILs. The installation of the eSAILs is planned for 2024.

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Suction sail

Being one of the key actors in the advancement and execution of maritime decarbonisation solutions, bound4blue developed its cutting-edge eSAIL system based on wind-assisted propulsion technology known as a suction sail. By harnessing wind power to propel vessels, this technology achieves a substantial reduction in fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.

The eSAIL system leverages a thick aerodynamic profile and intelligent suction mechanisms to enhance propulsive efficiency, yielding seven times more lift than an airplane wing.

The decision to implement this technology was based on a third-party assessment study carried out by Lloyd’s Register, which evaluated a range of solutions and identified bound4blue’s suction sails as the most promising.

The project is co-funded by the European Innovation Council (EIC) Acceleration Program.

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