Berg Propulsion Sets Sail With Airbus On Wind-Assisted Ro-Ro Project

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  • French maritime propulsion specialist Berg Propulsion has secured a landmark contract to equip three innovative Ro-Ro vessels with hybrid propulsion systems.
  • These ships, built for Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA), will play a crucial role in transporting Airbus A320 Family jetliner subassemblies across the Atlantic Ocean.

Focus on Sustainability: A 50% Reduction in Emissions by 2030

The project prioritizes sustainability, aiming to achieve a significant reduction in emissions. By 2030, these vessels are expected to achieve a 50% decrease in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to existing operations. This ambitious target will be met through a combination of cutting-edge technologies.

Wind Power Takes Center Stage: Harnessing the Power of Nature

Wind power will take center stage, with each ship boasting six Flettner rotors installed on deck. These rotors act as giant cylinders that utilize the Magnus effect to harness wind energy and propel the vessel, reducing reliance on conventional fuels. Additionally, the ships will be equipped with dual-fuel engines capable of operating on methanol, a cleaner-burning alternative.

Berg Propulsion: Optimizing Performance with Integrated Systems

Berg Propulsion’s expertise lies in the integrated power management system that will be the heart of these vessels. This system ensures optimal performance regardless of the operational mode, whether utilizing wind power, methanol engines, or a combination of both. The Berg MPC800 control system, integrated with Dynamic Drive software, plays a key role. This advanced technology dynamically adjusts propeller pitch and rpm to achieve maximum efficiency, further minimizing fuel consumption.

Collaboration is Key: A Partnership for a Greener Future

Collaboration is at the forefront of this project. Berg Propulsion will work closely with LDA, the ship owner, as well as China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding, responsible for constructing the vessels. Erik Thun, the ship operator, will also play a vital role, leveraging Berg’s technology across ten ships in their fleet following successful trials on a select few.

Setting Sail in 2026: A Step Forward for Sustainable Shipping

The first vessel is expected to be delivered by Wuchang Shipbuilding in 2026. This project represents a significant step forward for the maritime shipping industry, demonstrating the potential for cleaner and more sustainable transportation of goods across vast distances. Berg Propulsion’s innovative solutions are poised to play a key role in this transition towards a greener future.

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Source: Vessel Finder