BHP and JX Nippon’s Pan Pacific Copper (PPC) are partnering with Norsepower, a leading provider of rotor sail technology, to harness wind power and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with maritime transportation between BHP’s mines in Chile and PPC’s smelters in Japan. They are conducting a technical assessment and planning a wind-assisted propulsion system modernization facility aboard the M/V Koryu, a 53,762-dwt bulk carrier that transports copper concentrate from Chile to Japan, as well as sulfuric acid from Japan to Chile.

“PPC and BHP have been sharing the mission to accelerate the activities for decarbonization in line with our respective climate targets and goals,” JX Nippon Mining & Metals’ Deputy CEO and PPC President Kazuhiro Hori said. “The Koryu project is a good example of our collaboration and valuable step that proves eagerness by both companies to establish ecosystem partnerships to take on the climate challenge.”

The installation of the rotor sails is scheduled for completion by the third quarter of 2023, which is expected to make M/V Koryu the cleanest vessel in its category when measured for GHG emissions intensity. Rotor Sails have led to a 6% to 8% in fuel savings in similar applications.

“Our vision is to set the standard in bringing sailing back to shipping, and empower the maritime industry toward reaching the goal of zero carbon emissions,” Norsepower’s CSO Jukka Kuuskoski said. As fuel prices increase and a carbon levy is initiated, investing in technologies which have proven emissions reductions and fuel savings is essential for long term commercial success.”