Tilting wind sail installed on a theater ship



A unique “theater ship” used by La Fura dels Baus and production company Elipsis Onboard was fitted with a tilt sail propulsion system, helping to reduce the ship’s environmental footprint.

bound4blue said its eSAIL system was installed at La Naumon during a recent docking at Spain’s Astander shipyard.

The 18-meter-high rigid sail, equipped with tilt mechanism and autonomous control system, helps reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with emissions reduction regulations. the International Maritime Organization (IMO), such as the upcoming EEXI and CII measures.

José Miguel Bermúdez, CEO of bound4blue, said: “Our rigid sails are quick and easy to install. Prior to installation, a detailed plan for the transformation of the vessel is carried out and submitted to the Classification Society and the Flag State for approval. Later, before installation, the foundations and electrical work are completed. The installation can then be carried out afloat, as in the case of La Naumon, during a scheduled dry dock or during any port stopover, the operation taking less than a day.

This installation, approved by DNV, was carried out as part of the GREENing the Blue project, co-financed by the European Union. Astander participated in the project by leading the entire installation phase of the sail and the German company Lanitz Aviation tested new lightweight materials for application in the maritime sector.

Juan Luis Sánchez, Director of Astander, said: “The reduction of CO2 is one of the most ambitious objectives of the maritime industry in the years to come and the installation of this sail helps the ships to consume less. fuel without losing competitive performance, and therefore emitting less. is the first rigid sail installation project for Astander, and we can underline that the collaboration with bound4blue has been an excellent opportunity. It has been a good start and we hope to have the opportunity to work on other similar projects with other shipowners. “

Next year, the ship is expected to begin a tour of Spanish ports to raise awareness of the need for action to tackle climate change.

The suction cup sail, in addition to co-propelling La Naumon, will also be the main stage of the Aeolian Theater. Carlus Padrissa, Creative Director of La Fura dels Baus, said: “I imagine the eSAIL slowly rising towards the magical wind of music, pyrotechnics and light. A trapeze artist with butterfly wings, representing the transformation of a renewable and circular energy, will fly anchored at its end. It will be an immersive and global show that will bring about change and ignite consciousnesses. “



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