K Line bulker to be fitted with Airbus' kite propulsion technology

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) will install an automated kite system developed by Airbus subsidiary Airseas on one of its large bulk carriers, the company said in a statement.

The bow-mounted Seawing kite system will be tested for a period of two years with the close cooperation of Airseas as part of the Japanese shipowner's campaign to reduce CO2 emissions.

K Line claims the system can reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 4,700 tonnes annually.

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