Gallery: Cargill Will Propel Its Ships Using SkySails Kites to Cut Fuel...


The shipping industry is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint. Last week, we reported that the world’s largest shipping company, Maersk, bought 10 of the most eco-friendly cargo ships, and Japanese company Eco Marine developed rigid solar sails that can power ships by harnessing the wind. Now, Cargill shipping joins the green ranks with their announcement of a partnership with Hamburg-based SkySails, a company that creates 320 square meter kites that propel ships. Cargill will use a SkySail on its handysize vessel, which weighs between 25,000 and 30,000 tons. It will be the largest ship ever to be propelled by a kite.

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