Class renewal for the ‘E-Ship 1’

ENERCON’s innovative transport vessel ‘E-Ship 1’ has been awarded its class renewal certificate by the DNV GL classification authority. In late June, the vessel equipped with four Flettner rotors underwent a routine inspection inDry Dock 17 of the famousBlohm + Voss shipyardin Hamburg. During the scheduled visit to the dry dock, the vessel was subjected to a class renewal survey, which is obligatoryafter five years. It is in an excellent condition, and the inspectors had no hesitation in awarding it a class renewal certificate.

The ‘ship’s MOT’ included an inspection below the water-line. The steering gear, propeller and sea cocks, on-board cranes and live-saving equipment were also scrutinised by the inspectors. After a one-week stay in the shipyard, the E-Ship 1 put to sea again to resume its job of transportingcomponents for ENERCON wind energy converters. The first voyage following class renewal stopped off in Viana do Castello, Portugal, before crossing the North Atlantic for its destination in Canada.

ENERCON is making a considerable contribution to the sustainable transportation of its wind energy converters for projects all over the world with its E-Ship 1. Since entering service in 2010, the cargo vessel has become an integral part of the wind turbine manufacturer’s transport solution. The Flettner technology has proven effective and robust in commercial use. Depending on weather conditions, fuel savings of up to 15% can be achieved.

The other ENERCON innovations – a streamlined superstructure and hull and a specially coordinated rudder/variable pitch propeller combination – have proven effective and resulted in further fuel savings. This, together with the use of practically sulphur-free marine gas oil (MGO) and the use of SCR catalytic convertersmean that the E-Ship 1 sets a high benchmark in the multi-purpose freight segment.

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