Louis Dreyfus Armateurs signs up for sail technology

France’s Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) has decided to equip one of its vessels with three suction sails created by Spain’s bound4blue.

The installation of the so-called eSails will take place next year and comes after the two companies have held discussions for the past three years. For bound4blue the contract is a breakthrough in terms of scaling up in ship size.

Financing for the ship renovation comes with the support of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Acceleration Program.

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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