Singapore-based Berge Bulk has emerged as a front runner among shipowners prepared to experiment with a basket of wind propulsion technologies as it aims to learn how best to cut fuel use and emissions.

Next year, the company will install WindWings sails developed by BAR Technologies on a 210,000-dwt bulker and rotor sails built by Anemoi Marine Technologies on two other large bulk carriers.

Paolo Tonon, technical director at Berge Bulk, said the bulker owner has also experimented with kite sails, and will look at other technologies.