A major step in the Eco Flettner project has been completed.
Last Wednesday (Jun13) the rotor was safely craned onto the forecastle of Fehn Pollux and secured on its foundation. In a next step, cables and wirings between the rotor and the control console have to be connected and the Eco Flettner has to perform first test drives.
“During the last two weeks we prepared ,Fehn Pollux’ for this project,” says Matthias Hesse, Managing Director of Fehn Ship Management. “The forecastle was strengthened, new wiring was laid and the control console for the rotor was installed at the bridge.”
This state-of-the-art piece of equipment will monitor and manage the prototype sail propulsion system fully automatically.
Meanwhile, the crew has finished a handling training at the Faculty of Maritime Sciences in Leer. With the Flettner rotor on the forecastle, the vessel’s manoeuvring characteristics will change. Scientists of the faculty generated a computerised twin of the 90 m long vessel, which allows to sail the Flettner equipped vessel in the ship handling simulator of the Leer-based company Nautitec.
If all goes according to plan, the vessel will leave the port of Leer end of this week. After a test at sea, she will return to her normal routine as merchant vessel and sail between ports in the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, Northern Europe and the Baltic.
During the next twelve months, scientists of the University for Applied Science Emden/Leer will evaluate the efficiency of the additional propulsion system under real conditions. The consortium, which initiated and built the 18 m high cylindrical rotor, is convinced that the test will show that Eco Flettner is able to fulfil its purpose and save fuel.
Source: Fehn Ship Management