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Japanese cargo ships harness the wind to reduce emissions

Mitsui O.S.K.'s sail-equipped bulk carrier can cut greenhouse gases by nearly 10%

Mitsui O.S.K. Line's new wind-powered cargo vessel will be sailing to Australia. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

TOKYO -- The Japanese marine shipping industry is latching onto new takes on the wind-blown sail as a way to shrink its carbon footprint.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines unveiled Friday a bulk carrier with a 53-meter-tall "hard sail," around the height of a 20-story apartment building. The sail converts wind energy into propulsive force, helping to decrease carbon dioxide emissions.

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