Lloyd’s Register (LR) has signed a joint development project with Anemoi Marine Technologies and Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) to develop a series of energy-efficient vessel designs equipped with rotor sails
The joint development project (JDP) will address one of the most significant roadblocks for the commercial adoption of emission abatement technology – the collaboration between original equipment manufacturer, designer, regulator and shipowner to agree a pathway for the commercial success of installed technology on board vessels.
Along with the installation of rotor sails, the vessels could also incorporate new hull forms, new energy management systems, a new powering arrangement and modified operational requirements.
By opening the JDP to shipowners, the parties can ensure the technology fits the market needs and can provide better decision support for installing this technology across the range of common ship types demanded by the wet and dry bulk markets.
Proposed ship types include a 114,000-dwt Aframax tanker, a 50,000-dwt MR tanker and a VLCC. The joint development project includes 85,000-dwt and 210,000-dwt dry bulk carriers, and a 325,000-dwt very large ore carrier.
LR will review the designs in accordance with the latest regulatory requirements and issue an approval in principle (AiP).
LR marine & offshore chief operating officer Mark Darley said “As the need to decarbonise the shipping industry becomes imminent, this JDP marks an important milestone in the journey the industry is taking and further demonstrates LR’s commitment to accelerating this transition. Through this JDP we look forward to working with the key stakeholders to develop designs that will meet current and future environmental targets.”
Anemoi chief operating officer Nick Contopoulos commented “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 Wärtsilä, will facilitate volume production and technology roll-out at scale,” he said
SDARI chief engineer Mr Wang Gang Yi said “Under the ambitious IMO 2030 and 2050 targets for marine decarbonisation, as a ship designer, we are very interested in any positive research to improve ship efficiency. This JDP will give us an opportunity to co-operate with the innovation supplier and class. We will work together and hope to supply more green vessels to the shipping market and contribute to environmental protection throughout the shipping industry.”
The signing of the joint development agreement comes shortly after MEPC 75 approved the short-term measures to reduce carbon intensity that are expected to enter into force in October 2022, but the short timeframe for compliance means many in the industry are starting to prepare now.
Innovations in vessel propulsion will be discussed at the Maritime Hydrogen & Fuel Cells, Europe virtual conference 7-8 December 2020.