Rotor Sails meet expectations on Maersk Pelican

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 25 October 2019

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Finland-based engineering specialist Norsepower together with project partners Maersk Tankers, Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and Shell International Trading and Shipping Company have announced successful trial results of two 30m Norsepower Rotor Sails onboard the Maersk Tankers product tanker, Maersk Pelican.

The Rotor Sails are large, cylindrical mechanical sails that spin to create a pressure differential, the Magnus Effect, that propels the vessel forward. The Rotor Sails deliver auxiliary wind propulsion to the vessel - which have operated in conditions ranging from tropical climate to arctic conditions in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia – resulting in the optimisation of energy efficiency and a reduction in fuel consumption.

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