Oldendorff sets sail for lower emissions

The shipping company Oldendorff Carriers is reducing the emissions of its fleet. For this purpose, another ship is to be equipped with three rotor sails from Norsepower.

Oldendorff and Norsepower have announced an agreement on the use of so-called “Rotor Sails” to further reduce CO2 emissions on a post-Panamax bulker. The ship in question is the “Dietrich Oldendorff”. It is to be equipped with three 24 m x 4 m rotor sails by mid-2024. The “Dietrich Oldendorff” is intended for use on a trade route in the North Pacific to Asia [ds_preview].

“Dietrich Oldendorff” to receive sails this year

The Rotor Sails from Norsepower are a modernized version of the Flettner rotor. They use a minimal amount of the ship’s electrical energy to actively turn the cylindrical rotors on the ship’s deck. The rotation and the wind compress the air behind the sail and generate a strong thrust – this saves fuel and reduces emissions.

The rotors have reportedly been in use for around ten years and have clocked up more than 310,000 operating hours on ships worldwide. According to Norsepower, this has reduced CO2 emissions by more than 21,000 tons. The installation of rotor sails on the “Dietrich Oldendorff” is due to take place in the 2nd quarter of this year.

Mithilfe der Rotorsegel sollen die Emissionen auf der »Dietrich Oldendorff« eingespart werden
The rotor sails will be used to reduce emissions on the “Dietrich Oldendorff”


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Caption: The rotor sails are intended to reduce emissions on the "Dietrich Oldendorff"