Netherlands-based Louis Dreyfus Company is to install four 26-meter-high eSAILs® on its chartered juice vessel in 2024.

The global commodities trading company has sealed a deal with engineering company bound4blue for the manufacture and installation of four eSAILs® on LDC’s chartered juice vessel, Atlantic Orchard, in collaboration with Wisby Tankers AB, Sweden (Wisby Tankers). 

Chartered by LDC and owned by Wisby Tankers, Atlantic Orchard will be retrofitted with four 26-meter-high eSAILs®.

The installation of the eSAILs® is planned for 2024 and, depending on vessel routing, is expected to reduce annual fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by at least 10%, as both companies claim in a joint statement.

The eSAIL® system is based on wind-assisted propulsion technology known as a suction sail. This technology, as it is said by bound4blue, achieves a substantial reduction in fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.

The decision to implement this technology was based on a third-party assessment study carried out by Lloyd’s Register.

José Miguel Bermúdez, chief executive of bound4blue, said: “We’re pleased to announce our agreement with LDC to implement our eSAIL® system, demonstrating bound4blue’s ability to serve unique vessel types and affirming the maturity of our technology as a proven solution for fuel and emission reduction. LDC is at the forefront of adopting proven clean technologies to reduce carbon emissions in its fleet, and we are delighted to support them in their endeavor.”

Sébastien Landerretche, LDC’s global head of freight, noted: “Reflecting LDC’s commitment to help shape a low-carbon economy, we are actively contributing to the global shipping industry energy transition journey, in line with the IMO’s target to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the sector by 2050.”