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K Line looks to sail power for its shipping fleet

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K Line) has announced a 20-year agreement with Airseas to install and service a ship with Seawing, an automated kite based on parafoil technology.

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Bulk carriers could be partially powered by the Seawing in the future
Bulk carriers could be partially powered by the Seawing in the future

Seawing is designed to tow a commercial ship and reduce CO2 by 20% through wind propulsion. K Line has had two years of close technical and business cooperation with Airseas, and said that when the first kite is successfully delivered, it will contemplate to order up to 50 more.

 

“Seawing represents a breakthrough for our industry and for the environment,” said Mr Asano, SMEO of K Line. “K Line is proud to demonstrate its commitment to the global environment by applying leading technology to improve ship efficiency and to solve the core issues of maritime emissions.

 

“Beyond reducing our emissions by more than 20% with its kite, Airseas is a top end digital partner looking at integrating their solution with our Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions, which is integrated vessel operation and performance management system in order to smartly manage our vessel operation.

 

“Seawing reduces the environmental footprint of capsize vessel by 5,200t of CO2 per year, depending on the vessel voyage route, that is contributing to achieving our goal to reduce CO2 emissions by half, targeting year 2050, in K Line Environmental Vision 2050.”

 

The Japanese carrier transports goods worldwide through its fleet of 520 vessels.

 

“We are proud that K Line as a leading ship owner confirms its trust towards Airseas following its two years of intense assessment of our solution.” said Vincent Bernatets, founder and CEO of Airseas.

 

“With this deal, Airseas will kick-start its industrial scale-up. Seawing’s innovative technology will become a leading energy efficient solution for the shipping industry, thus contributing to cleaner sky and oceans.”

 

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