MV Beluga SkySails
The kite for the cargo ship spreads out over about 160 square meters (190 square yards). Unlike the sails of sailing ships, which hang from masts and are only a short distance above the decks, the SkySail runs 100 to 300 meters up and out in front of the ship on a long tether.
"Ours will be the first commercial use in cargo shipping," Verena Frank, project manager at Beluga, told the Reuters news agency. "There will be some teething pains." If the SkySail works well enough, the shipping company plans to add the system one ship at a time to its fleet of some 40 vessels.
December 4, 2006 8:23 AM PST
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