We've written a few times about the fuel-reducing power of the ship-propelling SkySail kites. In trial runs, the large sails, which are mounted to the front of container ships, have been able to cut fuel use by 20 percent and the company says that the sails could cut fuel use by up to 35 percent in real-world applications.
Now SkySails has a major customer in Cargill, a shipping company that transports more than 185 million tons of goods each year. Cargill doesn't own any ships themselves, but the companyhas signed a contract with SkySails to test a kite on one of the handysize vessels that it operates through an agreement with the ship's owner. The handysize vessel weighs in at 25,000 to 30,000 tons, which means it will be the largest ship so far to be propelled by a kite.
The SkySail system should be outfitted on the ship by early 2012 and if all goes well, Cargill will make a larger order. A study by the United Nations International Maritime Organization found that use of SkySails on ships worldwide could reduce shipping CO2 emissions by 100 million tons a year. Let's hope more large ships will be outfitted with this technology soon.
written by Nic, March 02, 2011
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