Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, better known as “K” Line, has announced plans to purchase three additional kite systems to be installed on post-Panamax bulk carriers.
The “Seawing” systems will be provided wind-assisted ship propulsion specialist Airseas. The agreement bring’s “K” Line’s total to five units, including two previously announced for two capesize bulk carriers. The first system is expected to be operational later this year.
Use of the kite system is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20% compared to conventional bulk carriers.
“K” Line has set a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
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