Demand for wind propulsion driven by regulatory compliance

The technology of rotor sails, over a century old, is now gaining traction due to the focus on reducing emissions in shipping. Anemoi Technologies CEO, Kim Diederichsen, highlights compliance with new regulations and the potential for significant fuel savings as key drivers for the adoption of wind propulsion in the industry.
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Rotor sails, a technology over a century old, have recently gained commercial interest due to the focus on reducing emissions in the shipping industry. Environmental regulations aiming for improved efficiency and zero emissions have pushed for the adoption of wind propulsion. Anemoi Technologies’ CEO, Kim Diederichsen, highlights compliance with regulations as a key driver for the uptake of wind propulsion, emphasizing the importance of staying in business for operators and owners.

Anemoi’s rotor sails are primarily targeted at bulk carriers and tankers, with easy deck space availability for installation. The potential for fuel savings and return on investment from wind propulsion is significant, with estimated annual fuel savings ranging from 10 to 20%. The company’s order book is focused on the dry bulk trade, with a shift towards newbuildings rather than just retrofits.

Anemoi differentiates itself by offering foldable equipment that can be moved along or across the vessel without interrupting cargo operations, making it a preferred choice for retrofitting or newbuildings. The demand for rotor sail installations is shifting towards newbuildings, with wind propulsion starting to be included in specifications for tenders for new vessels, indicating a growing trend towards adopting this eco-friendly technology in the shipping industry.

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