Skysails freighter on maiden voyage

image of skysails powered freighterThe Beluga Skysails, a container ship powered in part by a 500sqm towing kite, has “set sail” from the German North Sea port Bremerhaven across the Atlantic. This is reportedly the first commercial trip of a Skysail powered ship. Spiegel Online has a video (in German).

As I have said previously, this is a brilliant reinvention of sailing technology that has potential to reduce CO2 emissions  by hundreds of thousands of tons yearly. And reduce operational cost of the ships that use it.

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