Oldendorff’s path to green shipping: from rotor sails to mapping pollution with Eyesea

After signing a joint development project (JDP) to develop a wind-assisted propulsion solution for dry bulk carriers, Germany’s Oldendorff Carriers also joins Eyesea mission in mapping ocean pollution near the Florida coast.

A wind-assisted propulsion solution

The first project, a joint development (JPD) with Anemoi Marine Technologies, Lloyd’s Register and Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute, is scheduled for completion in 2022, and consists of installing Anemoi’s patented vertical rotors on the deck of a Newcastlemax bulker,

Oldendorff says that by fitting vertical rotors on a Newcastlemax bulk carrier of 207,000 dwt, wind propulsion can be tested on long haul voyages and that it will decide whether to proceed with the installation of the technology aboard one of its vessels once the results of design and study phases of the JDP have been evaluated.

To ensure the Anemoi patented vertical rotors do not interfere with cargo operations and air draft limitations, the sails are mounted with a folding system that enables them to be lowered from vertical into a horizontal position on deck.

The JDP aims to break down significant barriers to the installation of rotor sail technology and pave the way for commercial-ready applications in the short-term.

Torsten Barenthin, director of innovation of Oldendorff Carriers, said in a statement: “This JDP, together with other ongoing projects in our company, is a testament to our commitment to the development and application of green technologies across our fleet. By partnering with the ship designer, manufacturer and classification society, OC seeks to achieve a comprehensive functional application of wind technology that returns environmental and commercial benefits throughout our vessels’ entire life cycle.”

Oldendorff believes rotor sail technology is a complementary solution suitable for combination with other green developments.

“As shipowner and operator, our efforts to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions are not only benefiting the company but also the entire value chain. By adding renewable energy to our array of sustainable shipping projects, we continue adding value to the entire spectrum of stakeholders by reducing the overall environmental impact of our operations” the company stated.

Helping out with EYESEA

Eyesea was officially launched in December 2020, as you can recall from a previous post on the blog. The not-for-profit initiative uses maritime industry-developed technology to collect observational pollution data and build comprehensive maps designed to inform and empower government and NGO environmental efforts.

The crew of the UMMS and Oldendorff vessels involved in the first ‘at-sea’ trials tested the Eyesea app on company-issued phones and personal devices. The data points were collected offline, with delayed uploading of data through vessel Wi-Fi.

We’ve been testing on land for the last five months, and while there were a lot of things we hoped would work regardless of location, we needed to see how it all played out at sea,” explained Somerville-Ryan. “Eyesea worked exactly as we hoped. It is fantastic seeing commercial shipping vessels taking centre stage on a collaborative environmental protection project.”

Testing of the Eyesea app is now being extended to a wider range of commercial vessels covering more trade routes. In the coming months a number of recreational craft and community volunteers around the world will also be issued with the Eyesea app.

Following this testing period, the app will be further refined and then made available to the public through the Apple and Google Play stores.

First Eyesea data collection by Oldendorff Carriers – US East Coast (source: hellenicshippingnews.com)