Canadian mining company Teck Resources Limited (Teck) and German shipowner Oldendorff Carriers (Oldendorff) has announced an agreement to use wind propulsion to further reduce CO2 emissions in Teck’s supply chain.

The joint investment between the two companies will see the bulk carrier “Dietrich Oldendorff” of 100,449 dwt which carries shipments of Teck steelmaking coal from the Port of Vancouver, to be outfitted with a Flettner Rotor system by mid-2024.

The Flettner Rotors generate lift from the wind, which is translated into additional thrust, thereby reducing fuel consumption on voyages across the Pacific.

The addition of the rotors, along with other emission savings measures, is expected to reduce emissions by 55% resulting in an annual reduction of over 17,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, equal to removing 3,500 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles from the road.

Since the November 2021 announcement of the start of Teck and Oldendorff’s joint efforts to reduce supply chain emissions, an estimated 115,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been eliminated, the equivalent of removing over 25,000 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles from the road Oldendorff states.

The rotors manufactured by Norsepower in Finland are constructed in part with recycled materials from approximately 342,000 plastic bottles.

Jonathan Price, president and CEO of Teck, said that “This innovative agreement to utilize wind power in shipping will reduce the carbon footprint in Teck’s supply chain and help advance the development of green transportation corridors,” and he added that “Teck is collaborating with our customers and suppliers to reduce emissions in our supply chain as part of our climate strategy.”

“We are excited to harness the power of the wind in the transpacific dry bulk trade with a progressive partner like Teck. Our mutual determination to drive a decarbonized supply chain can only be realized through cooperation and collaboration. The energy transition has begun, and we are prepared to make the necessary joint investments that will provide a meaningful reduction of emissions. Forty years of historical weather data show that the trade between the Pacific Northwest and Asia is one of the best trade lanes for producing reliable wind energy,” said Patrick Hutchins, CEO of Oldendorff Carriers.