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“K” Line signs contract with AIRSEAS for three more “Seawing” units

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"K" Line signs contract with AIRSEAS for three more "Seawing" units. Image: Unsplash
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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.- “K” LINE has already decided to install “Seawing”, an automatic kite system developed by AIRSEAS SAS Ltd., on two of their Capesize bulkers, and has now signed the contract for the purchase of three additional “Seawing” units with AIRSEAS.

The additional “Seawing” units will be installed on three post-Panamax bulkers, which are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20%, similar to Capesize bulkers case. This will be a one of our efforts to achieve our GHG reduction target. The first ship of implementation
is scheduled for a Capesize bulker in Dec. 2022.

In addition, “K” LINE and AIRSEAS have signed a technology development agreement for the effective utilization of the traction power from the “Seawing” based on renewable energy. Specifically, the objective of the agreement is to maximize the performance of “Seawing” by integrating “K” LINE’s ship operational technology with utilization of “Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions” and AIRSEAS’s “Seawing” development technology. “K” Line and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd Group have developed “K-IMS” ; Integrated vessel operation and performance management system.

“K” LINE is working to realize sustainable society and increase corporate value and reduce its environmental impact to achieve our goal of “Net Zero GHG Emissions by 2050” set forth in the “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 through the innovation of various environmental improvement technologies such as “Seawing”.

As an integrated logistics company, the “K” LINE Group is working to realize sustainable society and increase corporate value, and reduce its environmental impact based on its corporate philosophy of contributing to society so that people live well and prosperously.

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Berge Bulk to receive two vessels from Anemoi Marine Technologies

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Singapore-based dry bulk owner Berge Bulk announced that it had signed agreements with Anemoi Marine Technologies Ltd – a global leader in wind-assisted propulsion for commercial vessels – to supply and fit two vessels in their dry bulk fleet with Anemoi Rotor Sails.

The first vessel, Berge Neblina, a 388k DWT Valemax ore carrier built in 2012, was made ‘wind-ready’ earlier this year. The structural integration required prior to installing the technology was carried out during a scheduled dry dock. Four of Anemoi’s large folding deployment Rotor Sails will be installed to improve vessel performance. Folding Rotor Sails can be lowered from the vertical to mitigate the impact on air draught and cargo handling operations.

This flexible “wind-ready” approach has been taken to align with vessel availability and Anemoi’s production slots. The same approach has been taken with the second vessel, Berge Mulhacen, a 2017-built 210k DWT Newcastlemax bulk carrier, which will also receive four folding Rotor Sails. Plan approval has been obtained for both ships from DNV.

Paolo Tonon, Technical Director at Berge Bulk, said: “We’re committed to continuous innovation and exploring cleaner, greener energy sources. Wind propulsion is an option we have explored previously in other formats, and we firmly believe it can help achieve our decarbonisation commitments. The partnership with Anemoi commenced with in-depth engineering simulations to find the best possible technical and commercial solution. Therefore, we are pleased to be rolling out their Rotor Sail technology on our vessels.”

Berge Bulk leads the dry bulk industry with efficient ship design and operations. It is committed to developing and deploying commercially viable deep-sea zero-emission vessels by 2030.

Commenting on the agreement, Kim Diederichsen, CEO of Anemoi Marine Technologies, said: “I’m delighted to be announcing this partnership with Berge Bulk. It is a further confirmation that forward-thinking shipowners are turning to wind-assisted propulsion to help them achieve their environmental objectives – and it proves, once again, that Rotor Sails are a realistic and workable solution that results in significant carbon savings.”

Rotor Sails are large mechanical sails that harness the renewable power of the wind to reduce emissions and fuel consumption on commercial ships when driven to spin. Anemoi predicts that the four-rotor system will save Berge Bulk 1,200 to 1,500 metric tonnes of fuel per vessel each year.

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Drax and MOL Drybulk join forces to develop wind-powered vessels

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Leading renewable energy company Drax Group and Japanese shipping company MOL Drybulk Ltd. are working together to reduce the emissions and fuel costs associated with shipping biomass by deploying wind power technology on its vessels.

The companies plan to facilitate the development of wind-powered vessels to transport bulk cargoes of Drax’s wood pellets to its customers in Japan, where the biomass is used to generate reliable, renewable energy, which displaces fossil fuels.

The newly built vessels will be fitted with MOL’s Wind Challenger hard sail technology, with the first ship expected to be on the water as soon as 2025.

The initiative is part of Drax’s plans to further reduce supply chain emissions in line with its world-leading ambition to be a carbon negative company by 2030, by using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage.

Drax Group Chief Executive Will Gardiner said: “MOL Drybulk’s hard sail technology has the potential to transform the maritime industry, cutting emissions and fuel costs and supporting global efforts to address the climate crisis.”

He added, “This partnership to advance this crucial new technology will support Drax’s commitment to reduce its own supply chain emissions and could also deliver far-reaching benefits across a number of different sectors that rely on ships to carry goods to customers around the world.”

Under the Memorandum of Understanding, the two companies will study the feasibility of deploying a first and second generation Environmentally Friendly Bulk Carrier to carry Drax’s biomass.

The first EFBC will use MOL’s automated telescopic hard sail technology – Wind Challenger, and will evaluate the application of other technologies including rotor sails.

The second EFBC aims to at least halve emissions with new vessel designs that use multiple Wind Challenger sails, other low-carbon technologies in development and the use of alternative fuels such as ammonia, liquefied natural gas and synthetic fuels.

Kazuhiko Kikuchi, President and Representative Director of MOL Drybulk said: “MOL has been working with our partners to develop the Wind Challenger technology for over a decade, and it’s great to see this become a reality.”

He continued, “We are extremely excited to work together with an innovative company such as Drax. This partnership will help us have a positive impact on how wood pellets and other cargoes are transported across the world.”

MOL Drybulk’s work will include developing the technologies that will be used and liaising with the shipyard where the vessel will be built and fitted with the hard sail technology. Drax will work with the ports and terminals in the supply chain on the operational feasibility studies.

The MoU with MOL Drybulk follows Drax’s previous work with the Smart Green Shipping Alliance to look at the potential of fitting innovative sail technology on ships transporting biomass from the US to the UK.

 

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Oldendorff Carriers continues to reduce fuel consumption with the help of fuel saving ducts devices

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Nearly 50 fuel saving ducts devices have been procured by Oldendorff Carriers over 50 years. The company has also started many other initiatives to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The purpose of the fuel saving devices is not only to reduce our fuel consumption but also to reduce our Greenhouse Gas emissions.

In the early 1980’s, Oldendorff Carriers was the first dry bulk shipping company to invest in Wake Equalizing Ducts, when we installed “Schneekluth” fuel saving ducts on our 74,000 tdw Panamax newbuildings “Ludolf Oldendorff” and “Helga Oldendorff”.

Many more devices have been added over the years, and last week ordered Becker “Mewis” ducts and rudder bulbs for another 12 ships, which will be installed during first half 2023. In their existing fleet, they will therefore have Wake Equalizing Ducts’ installed on the following 45 bulk carriers:

  • 11 x 209,000 tdw eco Newcastlemaxes, built at 3 yards in China
  • 4 x 208,000 tdw eco Newcastlemaxes, built at Hyundai, Korea
  • 7 x 121,000 tdw Babycapes, built at Sinopacific, China
  • 4 x 115,000 tdw Babycapes, built at New Times, China
  • 2 x 115,000 tdw Babycapes, built at Jiangnan, China
  • 1 x 114,000 tdw Babycape, built at Shanghai SY, China
  • 7 x 93,000 tdw Post-panamaxes, built at 3 yards in China
  • 6 x 81,000 tdw Kamsarmaxes, built at Jinling, China
  • 1 x 38,000 tdw Handy, built at Avic, China
  • 2 x 36,000 tdw Handies, built at Samjin, China

This means, that by next year, 45 of their ships will have a Wake Equalizing Duct, which will help achieve better C.I.I. ratings, lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions. In addition, at least 20 of our ships have asymmetric fins, rudder bulbs, boss cap fin propellers and other fuel savings devices.

Furthermore, since 2019, Oldendorff Carriers will invested more than US$ 300 Million in Exhaust Gas Cleaning System, which abate nearly all of the sulphur oxide emissions. Compared to ships that burn VLSFO without such systems, their ships emit up to 90% less particulate matter and up to 60% less black carbon than ships consuming VLSFO, which leads to much cleaner exhaust at sea and in port.

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