Korean rotor sail system wins approval

Mar 26 | 2021

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has received an Approval in Principle from leading classification society DNV for its eco-friendly rotor sail ship propulsion system.

Korean rotor sail system wins approvalThe virtual AiP award ceremony was held with Hwa-Lyong Lee, DNV Business Development Manager, and Dong-Kyu Choi, Head of DSME R&D Institute, in attendance.

The approved rotor sail system is part of the next-generation of fuel-saving eco-friendly auxiliary propulsion technologies. The revolutionary system uses cylindrical columns (rotors) on the ship’s deck to generate additional power to propel the ship by using the force of the wind and column rotation during the voyage. The technology offers a large driving force while being compact and simple to install.

Dong-Kyu Choi commented, “We are carrying out a number of different research projects to cope with the strengthening of global environmental regulations. We will further focus on developing eco-friendly ship technologies that are immediately applicable to ships.”

Recently, wind sail technology has drawn attention from the global shipbuilding industry as expectations rise for the system to be a viable alternative to reduce ship fuel consumption and carbon emissions. DSME is aiming to produce its own system as an industry first for Korean shipbuilding. 

Vidar Dolonen, Regional Manager at DNV in Korea and Japan said, “We are pleased to deliver the AiP, which is a milestone for the development of wind-assisted propulsion systems. DNV has comprehensive expertise in this area and we look forward to being a partner in enabling the further development of these technologies.”

After a joint development project with DSME and a review of the system’s main plans, DNV issued an AiP statement confirming that no significant obstacles exist to prevent the concept from being realised.

Photo: (left to right) Sung-Gun Park, DSME, Head of Structure R&D Department, and Dong-Kyu Choi, DSME, Head of DSME R&D Institute.