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“K” Line to install automated kite system

The first installation of the Airseas-developed SeaWing on a bulk carrier in an effort to reduce emissions is scheduled for late 2021.

   Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) plans to install an automated kite system on one of its large bulk carriers in an effort to reduce emissions, the Japanese carrier announced last week.
   The SeaWing, developed by Airbus spinoff Airseas, will be mounted on the ship’s bow and unfolded by an operation from the bridge under suitable wind conditions to assist in the vessel’s propulsion. The system will collect and analyze meteorological and oceanic data in real time and adapt the information to optimize its performance, according to “K” Line’s announcement.
   A “K” Line spokesperson told American Shipper via email that “the first installation is scheduled around the end of 2021.”
   The carrier said in the announcement it will “carry out intense assessment” of the SeaWing for two years. The aim is to reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by more than 20%, about 5,200 tons.
   “K” Line could order up to 50 additional SeaWings, according to multiple news reports.