German multipurpose and heavy lift ship operator BBC Chartering has added a 9,821 dwt multipurpose ship to its fleet fitted with an auxiliary wind propulsion system by Hamburg-based SkySails GmbH.
The recently acquired BBC SkySails is fitted with the latest prototype of the SkySails system. It uses a kite with a surface measuring 320 sq.m which can deliver an engine load relief of up to 2,000 kW at favorable wind conditions. This is the same size kite as used on the 28,500 dwt dry bulker Aghia Marina, which is on long term charter to Cargill.
"There are many technological developments underway that have the potential to innovate and influence the future of shipping," says Svend Andersen, Managing Director of BBC Chartering. "By adding BBC SkySails to our fleet we can offer an innovative service that allows us to measurably reduce emissions and credibly and visibly support a charter client's corporate sustainability strategy."
Besides fostering green shipping awareness, SkySails reports that its cooperation with BBC Chartering furthers its the goal of probing and improving the practical application of the towing kite system.
Stephan Wrage, CEO of SkySails says, "The SkySails propulsion system is cutting edge technology that offers cargo owners and shippers the possibility to share our joint responsibility for green actions."
October 25, 2011