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LR2 Product tanker, Maersk Tankers

Norsepower Oy Ltd. in partnership with Maersk Tankers, The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), and Shell Shipping & Maritime, have announced that it will install and trial Flettner rotor sails onboard a Maersk Tankers-owned vessel. The project will be the first installation of wind-powered energy technology on a product tanker vessel, and will provide insights into fuel savings and operational experience. The rotor sails will be fitted during the first half of 2018, before undergoing testing and data analysis at sea until the end of 2019. A 109,647-deadweight tonne (DWT) Long Range 2 (LR2) product tanker vessel will be retrofitted with two 30m tall by 5m diameter Norsepower Rotor Sails. Combined, these are expected to reduce average fuel consumption on typical global shipping routes by 7-10%.

Tommy Thomassen, Chief Technical Officer, Maersk Tankers, explained: “Together with our partners, we have the opportunity to deploy an innovative technology that can improve fuel efficiency on our LR2 product tanker vessels and help to reduce their environmental impact. We look forward to contributing to the project, and sharing our decades of experience and knowledge within safety and tanker operations.”

Maersk P-Class Illustration with two 30x5 Norsepower Rotor Sails - cropped fs.pngIllustration of Maersk P-class tanker with two 30x5 Norsepower Rotor Sails

Vessel data of Maersk P-class (LR2) tanker

​Length oa245 m
​Breadth max​42 m
​Summer draft​15,475 m
​DWT​109 647 ton
​Capacity​121 761 cbm
​Norsepower Rotor Sails​2 Rotor Sails 30x5 (height 30m, diameter 5m)