London-based provider of rotor sails to the shipping industry, Anemoi Marine Technologies has entered into a joint design cooperation agreement with Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, for the design of rotor sails onboard two LNG carrier newbuildings.

As part of the agreement, Anemoi will assess the feasibility and design of rotor sails for installation on LNG carriers and develop relevant specification requirements and designs that can be used for future installation projects in order to meet current and future environmental targets.

The deal was signed last week between Nick Contopoulos, chief operating officer of Anemoi, and Wang Jiaying, director of research and design department from Hudong-Zhonghua, at DongHua Technology Building.

According to the company, this project is hoped to boost the confidence of rotor sail technology for gas carrier owners and enable the smooth introduction of a new generation of efficient and environmentally friendly LNG carrier design.

As it is furthermore reported by Anemoi, rotor sails are ideal for modern LNG carriers due to the large amount of available deck space and limited impact on cargo operations.

Earlier this year, Anemoi announced it was on track to have a production capacity to install up to 50 Rotor Sails a year by the end of 2023 due to growing demand for the technology.

Nick Contopoulos, chief operating officer of Anemoi, said: “With more stringent requirements related to emissions from shipping coming into force, combined with a pressure to protect the environment, ship owners are seeking practical technology that can be easily installed onboard vessels to improve their energy efficiency. Anemoi has been developing industry leading wind propulsion technology for years and this new venture is the next step in Rotor Sails becoming a critical component of shipping’s decarbonisation journey.”