Another Dutch owner signs up for wind technology

Netherlands-based eConowind and Boomsma Shipping have announced their collaboration with eConowind contracted to install two of their wind-assist VentiFoil units on one of Boomsma’s vessels.

“We believe it is necessary and very important to accept sustainability challenges to reduce our environmental footprint. Together with the IMO decarbonisation goals for 2050 we want to do our part to reduce our fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as soon as possible,” said Johan Boomsma, co-owner of Boomsma Shipping.

The eConowind units are both integrated in a specially designed flat rack from which a folding VentiFoil can be deployed, these are ridged aspirated wing profiles acting as sails.

Boomsma added: “With the help of the Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP) project, part of the EU Interreg North Sea region program, we will install this innovative technology on one of our vessels and research the actual operations and monitor the savings, which are expected to be in the region of 10%. Doing so, we will contribute to an environmentally friendlier shipping industry.”

The installation of the system is scheduled for September 2020.

Boomsma is the second Dutch owner to opt for the sail technology, following in the footsteps of Van Dam Shipping.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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