Schram Shipping has partnered with Netherlands-based eConowind to retrofit two 16m tall wind-assist VentiFoil units on its 5,097 dwt general cargo vessel Anna, built in 2008.
The installations are expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
“When we realised the possibility of retrofitting a wind assist unit and how we can save CO2 emissions on our current ship, I was very enthusiastic right away: working with the wind instead of fighting the wind all the time. We always want to be innovative with our currently running vessels. The installation is relatively simple and operations are hardly impacted at all, so we just want to do this now, joining the research,” said Gerrit Schram, co-owner of Schram Shipping.
Gerrit Schram also involved his commercial manager, Vertom, to see how this project could support the whole group in which he operates.
Thomas van Meerkerk of Vertom said: “We are very happy Schram Shipping, who has been sailing for Vertom for over 20 years now, signed this agreement for this Ventifoil project as the first ship of the almost 100 ships in our operations. We will follow the process closely and will study the results of the research to see what it can bring us in the future.”
Frank Nieuwenhuis, CEO of eConowind stated: “We are delighted to add Schram Shipping to our customer base and we will get experience in this project on more long-haul shipping, such as the Anna operating frequently on the route from Rotterdam to Spain and the Mediterranean area. Gerrit is a hands-on entrepreneur keen on clean but economical operation. We call this Econology!”