The Netherlands-based Van Dam Shipping has signed a contract for the installation of an eConowind supplied wind assisted propulsion system for its 3,600 DWT general cargo vessel, Ankie. The Spijk, Netherlands-based shipping company will take delivery of the Ventifoil system in Q4 2019.

For Conowind, this marks the first commercial order of its Ventifoil system which successfully completed sea test trials earlier this year. The wind-assist system was developed over the past three years supported by an EU backed grant.

Jan van Dam signs the contract for a first eConowind system

The modular Ventifoil units are in the form of non-rotating wing with vents and an internal fan that use boundary layer suction for maximum effect. This installation will feature two, 10-metre wings along with two extensions of six meters that will generate significant force allowing the vessel to reduce motor power and save energy.

“We expect the reduction in fuel costs over a period of approx. three years will equal the costs of the system and thus fulfill our dream of using the wind again in modern shipping, which has been 40 years in the making,” said Jan van Dam, owner of van Dam Shipping.

“We are seeking ‘Econology’ for shipping: good for Ecology but must be Economical as well.  After several years of development and testing we are very happy to take this next big step: a first commercial installation to show that saving energy and emissions can mean saving money at the same time. We are confident that such an innovative company as van Dam Shipping will manage to get the most out of the system and we are really excited to share the results in the coming months,” stated Frank Nieuwenhuis, CEO of eConowind.

Van Dam Shipping will participate in further testing the concept in the new EU Interreg backed Wind-Assist Ship Propulsion (WASP) research program, which from October will study practical use of wind-assisted systems in day-to-day operation as well as actual savings over an extended period of time.

Both eConowind and van Dam Shipping are convinced the Ventifoils will give significant savings and thus be an important solution to help shipping reach the IMO decarbonization goals for 2030 and 2050.