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Econowind receives fleet order for Wind-Assist installations from Vertom 

Groningen, The Netherlands. May 20, 2022: Netherlands-based Econowind and Vertom today announced their collaboration to install wind-assist VentiFoil units on multiple vessels by the end of 2022. These will be retrofitted on the general cargo vessels MV Progress and MV Perfect, making it the first fleet order for Econowind.

Econowind will install the next generation VentiFoils on the vessels. The suction method has been upgraded, which results in limiting the number of moving parts. This next step by Vertom allows Econowind to further invest in production methods, making production faster. 

Thomas van Meerkerk of Vertom says: “Vertom recognized the momentum for partnerships with a clear focus on decarbonizing our business activities and supply chain. After closely considering the business case of the VentiFoil units, we are pleased to extend our collaboration with Econowind with another order for two vessels.”

Vertom has been studying wind-assisted propulsion in more detail for their vessels since signing the contract for the retrofit of two VentiFoils on the MV Anna, which will be installed in June 2022. 

Vertom made the decision to invest in the VentiFoil, by also closely considering the following key variables:

  • EEXI, Carbon Intensity Index for existing ships;
  • CII, CO2 per nautical mile in operation;
  • EEOI, emission per cargo.

Profile photo of Rolf van Leeuwen

Rolf van Leeuwen, Senior Technical Superintendent of Vertom says: “Installing the VentiFoils is a big step forward in reducing (CO2) emissions and fuel consumption for our current fleet. It is, along with our upcoming new building program, a good step towards reducing our carbon footprint.”

About Econowind BV

Econowind provides wind-assisted propulsion solutions for seagoing ships. Ventifoils can be containerized inside a 40ft container or fixed, retractable versions on a vessel so the size of the foils is not limited to container dimensions.

The Ventifoil is a wing-shaped element using modern innovations in aerodynamics creating high propelling force relative to its size. Smart suction is integrated into the wing, resulting in double the force of the Ventifoil, while reefing when needed.

About the Vertom Group


The Vertom Group is an experienced and reliable partner if you require professional maritime services and support concerning sea transport. In the past 45 years, the Vertom Group has built a strong track record in the Short Sea Shipping market.

Their extensive international network enables them to provide tailor-made shipping solutions that completely match the specific needs of their customers, regardless of whether they require a reliable shipping agent, the right ship for their cargo, or a liner service.

They continuously follow new market developments and apply the latest technologies to anticipate the changing needs of their clients.


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