Shipping major to power vessels with automated kites

Japanese shipping major Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has signed a 20-year agreement with Airseas to install and service one of its vessels with Seawing, an automated kite based on parafoil technology used to tow commercial ships through wind propulsion.

According to the line, this will reduce CO2 emissions by 20%.

Once the first Seawing has been successfully delivered, the line has hinted at a further order of 50.

“Seawing reduces the environmental footprint of capesize vessels by 5 200 tons of CO2 a year depending on the vessel voyage route,” says K Line’s Mr Asano.

“This will help us to achieve our goal of reducing CO2 emissions by half, by 2050.

Seawing combines aeronautical know-how with maritime technology, according to a spokesman. A simple switch launches or recovers the kite which unfolds, operates and refolds autonomously.

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