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LR, SDARI, Anemoi to launch joint development project

LR along with its partners will develop a series of rotor sails equipped with energy-efficient vessel designs

The UK’s Lloyd’s Register (LR) has launched a joint development project, media reports said. It is reported that the project will also be backed by rotor sail producer Anemoi Marine Technologies (Anemoi) and the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI).

The project will aim for partnerships on the commercial adaption of emission abatement technology. Furthermore, the project will pave the path for ship owners to bolster the adoption of technologies including rotor sails.

LR along with its partners will develop a series of rotor sails equipped with energy-efficient vessel designs. The companies will also focus on the challenges faced by the emission abatement on commercial adoption.

The company believes that the project will help shipowners to bring a balance between technology and market needs. The project has the potential to deliver support for better decision making for installing rotor technology across the range of wet and dry bulk ships.

Nick Contopoulos, Anemoi chief operating officer, told the media, “Anemoi are proud to be teaming up with industry leaders in ship design and classification to develop new energy-efficient rotor sail vessel designs for bulkers and tankers. This partnership will help owners and charterers select rotor sail technology to future-proof their vessels in line with regulatory, environmental and commercial drivers. The AiP approved rotor sail vessel designs will give owners confidence when evaluating the technology for either wind ready or full installations. This development, coupled with our collaboration with Wartsila will facilitate volume production and technology roll out at scale.”

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