Live From Nor-Shipping 2019

The Seatrade Maritime News reporting team bring you all the key stories in the run-up to, and live on the ground during, Nor-Shipping 2019 in Oslo from 4 – 7 June

K Line sailing forward with Airseas

Japanese shipowner K Line is installing as an Airseas kite on the front of one its bulk carriers with an aim of 20% reduction in CO2 emissions, and could install up to 50 more.

In another sign that wind propulsion may make a comeback as shipping companies look to cut emissions K Line is installing a Seawing kite developed by Airbus spin off Airseas under a 20-year agreement.

The automated Seawing kite is mounted to the bow of the vessel and can be unfolded from the bridge for use in suitable wind conditions to assist in propulsion of the bulk carrier.

K Line said it would carry out an “intense assessment” of the Seawing’s performance and technology for two years. The aim is to reduce CO2 emissions annually by more than 5,200 tons or more than 20% on a capesize bulker. On successful installation of the Seawing K Line said it contemplate ordering up to 50 more.

Beyond reducing our emissions by more than 20% with its kite, AIRSEAS is a top end digital partner looking at integrating their solution with our “Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions” which is integrated vessel operation and performance management system in order to smartly manage our vessel operation,” said Atsuo Asano, senior managing executive officer of K Line.

Seawing reduces the environmental footprint of capsize vessel by 5,200 tons of CO2 per year depending on the vessel voyage route, that is contributing to achieving our goal to reduce CO2 emissions by half, targeting year 2050, in K Line Environmental Vision 2050.”

The agreement with K Line represnts a breakthrough for Airseas. “With this deal, Aiseas will kick-start its industrial scale up. Seawing’s innovative technology will become a leading energy efficient solution for the shipping industry, thus contributing to cleaner sky and oceans.” said Vincent Bernatets, ceo of Airseas.

Posted 7 June 2019

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Editor, Seatrade Maritime News Marcus Hand is the editor of Seatrade Maritime News and a dedicated maritime journalist with nearly two decades of experience covering the shipping industry in Asia. In addition to running Seatrade's maritime and offshore news website based from Singapore he is the Asia Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review. Marcus is also an experienced industry commentator and has chaired many conferences and round tables. Prior to joining Seatrade at the beginning of 2010 Marcus worked for shipping industry journal Lloyd's List for a decade and previous to that the Singapore Business Times covering shipping and aviation.

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