Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution
The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor – a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship. When the wind conditions are favourable, Norsepower Rotor Sails allow the main engines to be throttled back, saving fuel and reducing emissions while providing the power needed to maintain speed and voyage time.
Norsepower Rotor Sails were installed in 2015 on board a RoRo vessel “Estraden”, sailing between Rotterdam and Teesport (UK). Based on the independently verified results, the technology has potential for fuel savings of up to 20% for vessels with multiple, large rotors traveling in areas with favourable wind conditions.
Currently Norsepower has two new delivery projects going on: i) for a large tanker owned by Maersk, the largest shipping company in the world, and ii) for a cruise ferry owned by Viking Line.
Norsepower is active in the Netherlands through Dutch company, C-Job Naval Architects, the largest independent Ship Design & Engineering company in the Netherlands, who has designed a “Flettner Freighter Concept Design”, which has been optimized to make maximal use of Norsepower Rotor Sails. Currently, C-Job is working together with a Dutch ship owner Switijnk Shipping to design a new 8500 tons vessel, based on the 4500 DWT Flettner Freighter.