The MV Afros, an Ultramax bulk carrier fitted with Anemoi's Flettner Rotor system, has been named 'Ship of the Year' at the prestigious Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards 2018.
The 64,000-dwt new build, managed by Piraeus-based Blue Planet Shipping, is the first geared dry bulk carrier to be equipped with Flettner Rotors.
The installation includes four Rotors that reduce vessel fuel consumption and which, when in port, can be moved along the deck – clear of the cargo handling gear – preventing any impact on port operations.
The SDARI designed vessel was built by China's Jiangsu Haitong Offshore Engineering Co. and delivered in January 2018.
It is classed by Lloyd's Register and registered with the Marshall Islands flag.
The MV Afrosis also fitted with a Ship Energy Efficiency Management System consisting of variable frequency drives for primary pumps and fans, significantly reducing onboard power needs.
The Flettner Rotor system was designed and installed by British company Anemoi Marine Technologies (Anemoi) based in London.
Flettner Rotors, also known as ‘wind engines’, utilise the aerodynamic phenomenon known as the Magnus Effect to provide useful propulsion to the vessel by harnessing wind power to enhance vessel efficiency – reducing net fuel consumption and lowering harmful exhaust emissions.
This installation on a globally trading bulker making long trans-oceanic voyages is said to be yielding invaluable data regarding Rotor performance and optimisation.
Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion promises significant (>10%) fuel savings when operating on routes with the most favourable wind conditions.
"It was a big step being the first to adopt this system, but we have seen a marked reduction in fuel consumption, and proven efficiencies have been made in the operation of the vessel,” said a Blue Planet Shipping spokesperson.
“This award recognises that environmental innovation does not have to come at the expense of commercial viability for the shipping industry."
Nick Contopoulos, Director, Anemoi, added: "It's a great honour to be recognised by the Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards. There has been significant momentum building in wind technologies over the past few years and this award recognises the hard work of all those involved in this project. This is a positive result for the advancement of Flettner Rotor technology and more broadly, innovations in renewable energy sources for the commercial shipping industry."
The Lloyd's List Greek Awards evening had a topical edge this year, themed to reflect the shipping industry's current need to prepare for an era of lower emissions and new fuels.