Vale tests wind rotor on very large ore carrier
Brazil’s mining giant has been studying the feasibility of using rotor sails on very large ore carriers for several years. The first such vessel in its chartered fleet will be leaving China for Brazil in the coming days
Update: The design includes five sails installed along the vessel that is expected to allow efficiency gains of up to 8% and a reduction of up to 3,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per ship per year, Vale says that if this pilot project is successful, the technology will be rolled out to 40% of the fleet
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