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CLdN's Delphine return to service with the world largest wind-assisted roro retrofit
By Sea and Coast | 25/02/2023
Luxembourg-headquartered shipping company CLdN has announced the return of its roro Delphine to service following the retrofit of two tilting rotor sails. The vessel is the first in the CLdN fleet to be fitted with the system, which is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 10%. The 2018-built Delphine is the largest shortsea roro, with a cargo capacity of over 8,000 lane meters, and transits between the UK, Ireland, and mainland Europe. The sails, which are 35 meters high and 5 meters wide, are expected to maximize fuel and emissions savings on the vessel, which is one of the most fuel-efficient in its class, emitting only 28 grams of CO2 per tonne of cargo shipped per km travelled.
CLdN will collaborate with the Maritime Technology Division at Ghent University to study the performance of the rotor sails over the coming months. Gary Walker, COO of CLdN roro, stated that the project will be used to determine how the technology could be deployed on the current CLdN fleet and new-build vessels. The retrofit will help CLdN in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable shipping. The company has been implementing various measures to reduce emissions, including the use of LNG and battery systems, as well as exploring the potential of biofuels and wind-assisted propulsion systems.