‍Rio Tinto to explore green technology potential on dry-bulk vessels

Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest dry-bulk shippers, is to partner with Njord, a green technology business founded by Maersk Tankers, to explore different technology options to cut fuel consumption and emissions.

The project will see Njord design and install a range of energy-saving devices on two dry-bulk vessels owned by Rio Tinto. As part of the Marine Pioneer Portal programme in 2022, Rio Tinto called on technology providers to pitch innovations the company could install on the two 205k DWT Newcastlemax vessels to boost vessel energy efficiency and decarbonise operations.

“Njord was selected as our technology partner to provide technical support and experience to our Marine Pioneer Portal project, which included analysing the wide range of technologies put forward, assessing the benefits to our vessels and ensuring successful integration of the solutions onboard,” said Hollie Scoon, General Manager, Marine Operations & Performance at Rio Tinto.

“We look forward to collaborating with Njord to help accelerate adoption of fuel efficiency and carbon reduction technologies in the maritime industry.”

Following an assessment of the effectiveness of the proposed technologies, Njord designed green tech packages tailored for each vessel, combining existing and new energy-saving devices. These systems are currently being installed.

“Energy efficiency measures play a crucial role in decarbonising shipping,” said Frederik Pind, Managing Director of Njord.

“Partnering with Rio Tinto – one of the frontrunners in the industry – offers a compelling opportunity to apply our expertise as a technology integrator to improve the energy efficiency of the vessels. By working together, we are confident that we can also assist others overcome some of the challenges of technology deployment.”

The two parties will measure the performance of the vessels before and after installation, and plan to share their findings with the wider industry to inspire other owners and charterers to accelerate their adoption of energy-saving devices to cut fuel consumption and emissions.

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