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LE BOURGET, Paris: June 18, 2019. Airbus technology spinoff Airseas has signed a 20-year agreement with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (‘K’ Line) to install and service a ship with its Seawing automated kite by 2021.

K Line SeawingThe Seawing, based on parafoil technology, will be used to test the viability of towing a ‘K’ Line vessel using wind propulsion. Airbus claims a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions and, if proved successful, expects ‘K’ Line to order 50 kites.

Airseas launched the development of Seawing in 2016, tested its prototype at sea at the end of 2017 and install a 500 sq.mt. Seawing by the end of 2020 onto its RoRo vessel operating between Saint-Nazaire, France and its assembly plant in Mobile, Alabama.

“Seawing represents a breakthrough for our industry and for the environment. ‘K’ Line has always been committed to demonstrating that shipowners are prioritising technology to improve ship efficiency and to solve the core issue of maritime emissions,” said managing executive officer Akira Misaki.

“By utilising aeronautical competences, Seawing reduces the environmental footprint of Capesize ships by 5,200 tons of CO2 per year depending on the vessel voyage route. This will contribute to achieving our goal to reduce CO2 emissions by half in the ‘K’ Line Environmental Vision 2050,” he added.

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