Partnership to advance wind propulsion
Technology group, Wärtsilä, and Norsepower have signed a service cooperation agreement, enabling Norsepower to order service from Wärtsilä, whilst Wärtsilä can pursue and sell Norsepower Rotor Sail projects.
With the anticipated increasing demand for alternative propulsion systems, the collaboration will help Norsepower work at scale and strengthen its customer service in cooperation with Wärtsilä’s global service network. The main target sectors include tankers, passenger ferries and cruise ships, as well as dry cargo vessels.
“The industry is transforming and we intend to be at the forefront of this change," said Stefan Wiik, vice president, asset management services at Wärtsilä. "We are really enthusiastic about this cooperation with Norsepower, which is a great example of our commitment to enabling sustainable societies with smart technology," he added.
“There is a rapid rise in demand for modern wind propulsion in shipping," added Norsepower’s chief sales officer, Jukka Kuuskoski. "It comes at a time when the global shipping industry is looking for proven and economical solutions to reduce its carbon footprint, and our Rotor Sail continues to be the most attractive, credible choice in wind-assisted propulsion,” he said.
Since being launched in 2014, Norsepower Rotor Sails have been installed on three vessels, resulting in a reduction of CO2 output by an estimated 5,000 tonnes. A fourth installation is planned for 2020.
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