Anemoi Marine Technologies, a developer of wind-assisted propulsion, has renewed the lease on their land-based Rotor Sail test facility at the Port of Blyth in the United Kingdom.
For ten years, Anemoi's test facility has been housed at the port, a significant offshore energy support base.
Anemoi can test and study the performance of its rotor sails in a secure and controlled environment because of the location's wind conditions, which are similar to those at sea.
The business referred to the partnership as "essential" in commercializing its rotor sail technology and stated that it is still crucial to advancing its technology.
Flettner rotors, commonly referred to as rotor sails, are an energy-saving technology. The mechanical sails are made of tall cylinders that, when pushed to spin, use the wind's clean energy to propel ships with auxiliary propulsion, cutting fuel use and harmful emissions into the atmosphere by 5 to 30%.
The company, which has its headquarters in London, has seen its business expand significantly as the maritime sector becomes more interested in wind propulsion technology as a possible means of cutting emissions and decreasing fuel use.
Berge Bulk, a dry bulk freighter operator, based in Singapore, is one of the shipowners who has chosen to use the technology. Berge Bulk has hired Anemoi Marine Technologies to supply and outfit two of its bulkers with rotor sails.
Additionally, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Vale International SA have inked an agreement to research the installation of Anemoi's rotor sails on a bulk carrier. Both companies are portfolio companies of Tufton Investment Management. TR Lady Shipping will install rotor sails on a Kamsarmax bulker.
Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive at the Port of Blyth, expressed his enthusiasm for the ongoing partnership. "It's fantastic that Anemoi will continue their operations here at the Port. Anemoi plays a key role in decarbonization within the maritime industry, and we are proud to facilitate forward-thinking companies who are creating a greener future. There is a growing cluster of pioneering businesses along the estuary that are leading the energy transition from Blyth."
"We're delighted to be extending our lease at the Port of Blyth. Anemoi is going from strength to strength as rotor sails become an integral tool in the race to reduce global ship emissions. Anemoi is proud to invest in the United Kingdom and continue our close ties with such a significant port," Kim Diederichsen, Chief Executive at Anemoi, said.
With the signing of a landmark agreement in October, nine of COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry Co's shipyards in China can now provide wind propulsion choices. According to the agreement, Anemoi's rotor sails can be retrofitted during dry dock or installed on new-build vessels.