Eastern Pacific Shipping Begins Its 1st Venture Into Wind Propulsion


  • Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) to install three bound4blue eSAILs® on Pacific Sentinel in Q4 2024.
  • Investment shows EPS’ commitment to decarbonisation journey, with forecasted energy consumption savings of around 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has contracted bound4blue to install three 22-meter eSAILs on its vessel, Pacific Sentinel, marking the company’s debut wind-assisted propulsion system, according to the company’s release.

The ‘suction sail’ technology is set to be fitted on the 183-meter, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker in the fourth quarter of 2024. This innovative system will harness aerodynamic surfaces to generate propulsive efficiency and is expected to reduce the vessel’s energy consumption by approximately 10%, contingent on routing.

Leveraging wind-assisted propulsion technology

The collaboration aims to leverage the wind-assisted propulsion technology to optimize energy efficiency and drive down emissions across EPS’s fleet.

With a history spanning 60 years, Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte. Ltd. (“EPS”) is one of the leading shipping companies. The company’s fleet consists of over 250 vessels and 25 million deadweight-tonnes across three core segments of containership, dry bulk, and tanker vessels. EPS’ shore team is fully integrated with in-house commercial, finance, innovation, IT, legal, manning, operations, and technical departments.

bound4blue develops automated wind-assisted propulsion systems as a turnkey solution for all shipowners and shipping companies seeking to reduce fuel costs and polluting emissions. bound4blue’s eSAIL system is a validated solution for saving fuel and emissions, completely autonomous, with low maintenance and easy installation onboard, being the most cost-efficient wind propulsion technology today. bound4blue’s suction sails are offered in three sizes, ranging from 12m to 36m in height, all with optional tilting systems to ensure overhead clearance under port operations if needed. It is suitable for Tankers, Bulkers, Ro-Ros, Cruises, Ferries, Gas Carriers, and General Cargo vessels, regardless of their size or age.

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Source: Eastern Pacific Shipping