Dutch pioneering wind technology makes debut trip across the North Sea

Shipping has been given a glimpse of a new wind-assisted future with the first ship travelling kitted out with eConowind’s Ventifoils in the Netherlands.

The Ankie, a 3,600 dwt general cargo vessel, belonging to Jan van Dam Shipping has been retrofitted with the the wind rotors at Royal Niestern Sander shipyard and is now operating in the North Sea with its owner claiming the technology is “economically feasible” and will likely be installed on planned newbuilds.

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