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Japan: “K” Line may install 50 seawings on vessels after initial delivery

10 Jun 2019

Japanese shipping firm “K” Line may consider installing an additional 50 seawings developed by Airseas, a subsidiary of major aircraft manufacturer Airbus, after delivery of an initial unit on a bulk carrier.

The development, taking place after two years of technical and business cooperation, comes as part of a recent 20-year agreement between Airseas and “K” Line to install and service one ship with a Seawing unit – an automated kite based on parafoil technology used to tow commercial ship and reduce CO2 by 20% through wind propulsion.

“We are proud that ‘K’ Line as a leading ship owner confirms its trust towards Airseas following its two years of intense assessment of our solution,” said Bernatets, CEO of Airseas.

“With this deal, Airseas will kick-start its industrial scale up. Seawing’s innovative technology will become a leading energy efficient solution for the shipping industry, thus contributing to cleaner sky and oceans.”

The Japanese “K” Line transports goods worldwide through its fleet of 520 vessels.

“Seawing represents a breakthrough for our industry and for the environment. “K”LINE is proud to demonstrate its commitment to the global environment by applying leading technology to improve ship efficiency and to solve the core issues of maritime emissions,” noted Asano, SMEO of “K”LINE.

“Beyond reducing our emissions by more than 20% with its kite, Airseas is a top end digital partner looking at integrating their solution with our “Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions” which is integrated vessel operation and performance management system in order to smartly manage our vessel operation.

“Seawing reduces the environmental footprint of capsize vessel by 5,200 tons of CO2 per year depending on the vessel voyage route, that is contributing to achieving our goal to reduce CO2 emissions by half, targeting year 2050, in ‘K’ Line Environmental Vision 2050.”

Photo credit: “K” Line
Published: 11 June, 2019


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