The Eco Flettner rotor, a newly developed sail propulsion system, has been installed on board Fehn Ship Management’s 4,200 dwt general cargo vessel, Fehn Pollux.
The vessel arrived in Leer earlier this month in preparation for the next phase of the Eco Flettner project, which was announced in 2015, as HLPFI reported here.
“During the last two weeks, the forecastle was strengthened, new wiring was laid and the control console for the rotor was installed at the bridge,” said Matthias Hesse, managing director of Fehn Ship Management. “This state-of-the-art piece of equipment will monitor and manage the prototype sail propulsion system automatically.”
Meanwhile, Fehn Ship Management's deck officers have completed training at the Faculty of Maritime Sciences in Leer to get accustomed to the handling of the Eco Flettner.
The vessel is expected to leave the port of Leer at the end of next week. After a test at sea Fehn Pollux will return to its normal services between ports in the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, Northern Europe and the Baltic.
During the next 12 months scientists of the University for Applied Science Emden/Leer will evaluate the efficiency of the additional propulsion system under real conditions.