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More carriers show interest in installing giant sails this year

Norsepower will soon close more deals with shipowners to install sails, explains CEO Tuomas Riski, who counts Maersk Tankers and Viking Line among his customers. Ultrabulk is also looking into the possibility of powering larger dry bulk vessels with windpower.

In August, Maersk Pelican was fitted with two 30 meter tall rotor sails. The ship is currently conducting an eight month test period. | Photo: Norsepower

It has been a busy year for Finnish tech entrepreneur Norsepower, which has chosen to focus on the oldest propelling force in the shipping industry, namely the wind.

The company rose to public prominence following its collaboration with Maersk Tankers, which culminated this summer when tanker vessel Maersk Pelican left the port of Rotterdam with two 30 meter tall so-called rotor sails on board. And interest in rotor technology has skyrocketed since then, explains CEO Tuomas Riski in an interview with ShippingWatch.

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