The Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen KK (K Line) aims to cut ship greenhouse gas emissions with automated power kites.
The company has signed a 20-year agreement with the French company Airseas for it to install and service one ship with its Seawing.
Once the first has been fitted, the K Line would consider ordering up to 50 automated 1,000sq m kites, which feature parafoil technology to a commercial ship in order to save more than 20 per cent of fuel and CO2 emissions.
The agreement follows two years of close technical and business co-operation between the two companies, and is part of the line’s strategy to comply with the International Maritime Organization’s sulphur cap.
The line said: “Harnessing power from the wind is the cleanest and the most competitive way to reduce CO2.”