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Sunday, June 9, 2019 

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) is to install Seawing, an automated kite system developed by Sweden’s Airseas, a division of aircraft manufacturer Airbus, to a large bulk carrier owned by the Japanese shipowner.

Seawing will be mounted on the bow of the vessel and is unfolded by simple operation from the bridge under certain wind conditions to assist propulsion power. K Line will then assess the Seawing’s performance for two years to confirm that the system can, as expected,  greatly contribute to the reduction of the environmental load associated with the ship's operation.

It is anticipated that using wind power the bulk carrier could reduce emissions by more than 20%, about 5,200t of CO2 annually. In addition, K Line and Airseas will cooperate to further improve the system by utilising the operation and performance data obtained from a ship operation and performance management system developed Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions.

Seawing combines aeronautical know-how with maritime technology to create a breakthrough in the maritime transportation sector. A simple switch launches or recovers the kite which unfolds, operates and refolds autonomously. The system collects and analyses meteorological and oceanic data in real-time. Seawing adapts to this information in order to optimize its performance as well as to ensure maximum safety.

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