bound4blue installs eSAIL system on theatre vessel

bound4blue installs eSAIL system on theatre vessel
The La Naumon theatre vessel

Maritime tech start-up bound4blue, which develops automated wind-assisted propulsion systems, has successfully installed an 18-metre-high eSAIL on the theatre vessel La Naumon. This marks the first theatre vessel in the world to sail with wind-assisted propulsion technology.

The rigid sail, equipped with a tilting mechanism and an autonomous control system, is a cost-effective and proven technology that reduces fuel consumption and emissions, and meets International Maritime Organization regulations, including the upcoming EEXI and CII measures.

This installation, approved by DNV, has been done within the framework of the GREENing the Blue project, co-funded by the European Union. The Spanish shipyard Astander has participated in the project leading all the installation phase of the sail and the German company Lanitz Aviation has tested new lightweight materials to be applied in the maritime sector.

The La Naumon is part of the Spanish theatrical group La Fura dels Baus and the production company Elipsis Onboard.

Installation of the eSAIL

“Our rigid sails are quick and simple to install. Before the installation, a detailed vessel transformation project is performed and submitted to the class society and flagging state for approval. Later, prior to the installation, the foundation and electrical work is completed. The installation can then be performed afloat, like in the case of La Naumon, during a scheduled dry-docking or during any port call, as the operation takes less than a day,” explained José Miguel Bermúdez, CEO of bound4blue.

Juan Luis Sánchez, director of Astander said: “Reducing CO2 is one of the most ambitious goals for the maritime industry in upcoming years and installing this sail helps ships consume less fuel without losing competitive performance, and therefore, emit less. GREENing the BLUE is the first rigid sail installation project for Astander, and we can highlight that collaborating with bound4blue has been a great opportunity. It has been a great start and we hope to have the opportunity to work on more similar projects with other shipowners.”

The suction sail, in addition to co-propelling La Naumon, will also be the main stage of the wind theatre. Carlus Padrissa, creative director of La Fura dels Baus said: “I imagine the eSAIL slowly rising to the magical wind of music, pyrotechnics and light. A trapeze artist with the wings of a butterfly, representing the transformation of renewable and circular energy, will fly anchored at its tip. It will be an immersive and global show that will provoke change and ignite consciences.”