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Longitudinal Rail Deployment System

We Are Anemoi – Solving the Challenges of Flettner Rotor Installation On Cargo Vessels

This configuration of our Rail Deployment System has been installed on the MV Afros, a 64 000DWT Geared Bulk Carrier. The ship is equipped with four 36T cranes on the ship’s centerline and folding hatch covers, and four Anemoi Wind Engines on the starboard side deck. The MV Afros provides an excellent proving ground for our breakthrough technology.

The vessel is currently engaged in short term charters (tramping) and is visiting many different ports with different cargos, using all types of cargo handling equipment and ships’ cranes. This installation is providing invaluable real-world experience, and is tangible proof that our systems work in the most demanding applications.

At sea, the Wind Engines are secured to foundation structures, designed to withstand the worst vessel motions, wind and waves. The Flettner Rotors operate in these positions whenever wind conditions are favourable, assisting ship propulsion.

In port, in preparation for cargo handling, the Wind Engines are transferred from their foundations onto unique trolleys, running on rails. The trolleys are sophisticated, bespoke shipboard cranes designed for use in sheltered water. They allow the Wind Engines to be moved along the side deck and thereby create the clearances required for safe and efficient cargo handling by all types of cranes and equipment.

The Wind Engine movements are pre-planned alongside the Cargo loading Plan. By combining our innovative engineering with practical operational experience, we avoid any impact on port productivity.