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Seawing for K Line bulk carrier

The Japanese shipping line says it will install the Seawing kite system on one of its large bulk carriers

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Seawing is an automated, 1,000 m2 kite based on parafoil technology, developed by Airseas, a spin-off from Airbus.


Seawing is mounted on the bow of the vessel and is unfolded by simple operation from the bridge under certain conditions of wind power and wind direction.


K Line says that over the past two years it has carerfully assessed Seawing’s performance in close cooperation with Airseas. The line says it can "confirm that the system can greatly contribute to the reduction of the environmental load associated with the ship’s operation."


The bulk carrier has not been named by K Line, but the line says that Seawing is expected to reduce emissions by more than 20%, a saving of 5,200 tons of CO2 annually.

Impression of a Seawing fitted to a large K Line bulk carrier
Impression of a Seawing fitted to a large K Line bulk carrier

In addition, K Line and Airseas are cooperating on futher optimising the solution, by providing Airseas with performance data that will be available from the Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions’ management system installed in all K Line’s vessels.

The Seawing project forms part of K Line’s broader Environmental Vision 2050 programme, under which it aims to reduce its CO2E by 50% by that date.


According to Airseas, K Line is considering purchasing another 50 Seawings.

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