Thursday 26 April 2018

The latest blow-in E-Ship drops in

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

A STATE-of-the art cargo ship powered by wind turbines has arrived in Ireland after completing its maiden voyage.

The E-Ship 1 owned by German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon docked in Dublin Port yesterday morning carrying nine turbines for Castledockrell Wind Farm, currently under construction in Co Wexford.

The ship is the only one of its type in the world, a spokesman for Enercon said.

Four 27-metre tall cylinders called rotorsails rise from the deck, and are connected to the ship's propellors which causes them to spin. This creates lift that propels the ship. It reduces fuel bills by 40pc, and produces less carbon dioxide.

The vessel is 130 metres long and 22.5 metres wide, and can run at a speed of 16 knots.

"We use this to transport the turbines," Christop Klimek, a spokesman for Enercon, said. "This is an old development, from the 19th century, that was picked up and developed using new technologies. The trip to Ireland is the first real sail for it."

The Dublin Port Company said some 100 wind turbines had come through the port in recent years.

"We handle some other interesting assignments each year such as the arrival of the Samuel Beckett Bridge and the steel for the roof of the Aviva Stadium," Seamus McLoughlin, head of operations at Dublin Port, said. "The arrival of E-Ship 1 brings the latest delivery of wind turbines to Dublin Port so far to about 100 wind turbines."

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