Baltrader Capital and Norsepower have signed a contract concerning the delivery of one 24-metre x 4-metre sized Norsepower Rotor Sail in summer 2024. It will be fitted on the newest cement carrier of the Baltrader fleet, M/V Cemcommander.

The Cemcommander is going to be delivered from Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard (Group) and the ship design was made by SDC Ship Design & Consultants, Hamburg. The Rotor Sail to be fitted will be the first one funded by the German government.

The Norsepower Rotor Sail is a modernised version of the Flettner Rotor. It uses the ship’s electric power to actively rotate the cylinder-shaped rotor on the deck, producing powerful thrust. The product meets the funding objectives by saving fuel and thus enabling emission reductions of up to fourteen per cent.

M/V Cemcommander will fly a European flag and shall be commercially operated by Baltrader Schifffahrtsgesellschaft. In charge of the vessel’s technical management is BRISE Bereederungs, which is acting as technical manager for the whole Baltrader fleet. The wind propulsion system will be classified by Bureau Veritas and the ship will get the WPS2 class notation.

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German government funding

The installation of the Norsepower Rotor Sail is supported by the funding Directive “Sustainable Modernisation of Coastal Vessels” (NaMKü) of the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport. This Directive supports measures to improve the energy efficiency of coastal vessels.

Tuomas Riski, CEO of Norsepower, comments: ‘With the data collected and verified from eight ships already, Norsepower can guarantee that the performance criteria of the funding directive of NaMKü will be met. The Norsepower Rotor Sails will help to reduce the carbon footprint of the supply chain of the cement sector.’

Picture by SDC Ship Design & Consultants, supplied by Norsepower.

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