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K Line signs up for more sail tech

Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has signed for more sail tech. Having already decided to install Seawings, an automatic kite system developed by France’s Airseas on two of its capesize bulkers, K Line has now signed a contract for the purchase of three additional Seawing units with Airseas, a subsidiary of Airbus.

The additional Seawing units will be installed on three post-panamax bulkers, which are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20%. The first ship to get the kite implementation treatment is scheduled for a capesize bulker this December.

In addition, K Line and Airseas have signed a technology development agreement to use the traction power from the Seawing based on renewable energy.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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