The company will carry out the ship-side basic design for retrofitting the 210k dwt Berge Olympus with four 50 m tall retractable WindWings developed by BAR Technologies and Yara Marine Technologies.
Combined with route optimisation, the solid wing sails will reduce the Newcastlemax's CO2 emissions by up to 30%.
"Evaluating this groundbreaking technology, the estimated impact on reducing emissions can be at least as significant as transitional fuels," James Marshall, CEO of Berge Bulk, highlighted.
The WindWings will be installed on Berge Bulk's dry bulk carrier in Q2 2023.
John Cooper, BAR Technologies' CEO, commented, "By retrofitting WindWings technology to existing vessels, firms like Berge Bulk can begin to make an immediate impact on decarbonising their fleets while at the same time seeing significant efficiencies in current fuel use. With Berge Bulk joining a pipeline of WindWings installations through 2023, we look forward to working with our partners to make significant inroads into reducing vessel carbon emissions."
Deltamarin has already carried out ship-side concept design of the retrofit, including the analyses for structural matters, stability, other ship integration-related issues, and sea keeping.
The basic design work includes preparing the design documents needed for the retrofit's class approval.
Esa Jokioinen, Sales Director of Deltamarin, underlined, "We are excited to continue this project together with Berge Bulk, BAR Technologies and Yara Marine and look forward to seeing the sails in operation next year. Wind has a great potential for decarbonisation of both existing ships and newbuilds and we are very proud to work with these companies that are determined to make it a reality."
Daniel Chin, Berge Bulk's Innovation Projects' Management Lead, added, "BAR's WindWings system presents enormous promise, but also enormous challenges. We are confident that Deltamarin's experience and familiarity with wind propulsion technology makes them our ideal integration partner to execute the installation of BAR wings onto our vessels."
BAR Technologies announced in November 2021 an approval-in-principle (AiP) by DNV for BARTech WindWings by Yara Marine Technologies.
Photo: Berge Bulk