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Finnish cruise vessel Viking Grace to run partly on wind power

Finnish cruise vessel Viking Grace to run partly on wind power

Jan 27, 2017
Energy & resource efficiency
Renewables & smart grid
Marine & shipping

Viking Grace cruise vessel will become the world’s first LNG/wind electric propulsion hybrid ship after installation of Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Solution.

Norsepower has signed an agreement with Finnish shipping company Viking Line to install its Rotor Sail Solution onboard the M/S Viking Grace, an LNG-fuelled cruise ferry. After the rotor sail installation, Viking Grace will the first-ever global LNG/wind electric propulsion hybrid ship.

Viking Grace is already one of the most environmentally-friendly cruise ferries in the global maritime industry. Using Norsepower’s technology, the vessel will reduce carbon emissions by circa 900 tonnes annually. This is the equivalent to cutting 300 tonnes of LNG fuel per year.

"We believe in the Rotor Sail Solution technology’s ability to enhance our ship’s performance by enabling significant reductions in fuel burn and costs, as well as carbon emissions," says Ulf Hagström, Senior Vice President, Marine Operations & Newbuildings, Viking Line.

The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution is a modernised version of the Flettner rotor; a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship. The solution is fully automated and senses whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel savings, at which point the rotors start automatically – optimising crew time and resource.

To date, independent data analysis indicates that up to 20% fuel savings per year can be achieved on routes with favourable wind flows, sufficient sized Rotor Sails, and appropriate service speed.

The technology has proven commercial applicability, with two small units of Norsepower’s Rotor Sails installed on board Bore’s M/S Estraden, a 9,700 DWT Ro-Ro carrier. Measured and independently verified by NAPA, the leading maritime data analysis, software and services provider, the Rotor Sail Solution delivered fuel consumption reductions of 6.1% for the Estraden.

Norsepower also won Innovation of the Year Award in 2016 Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards.

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Source: Norsepower

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