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Kawasaki Kisen to sail wing-towed ships to cut fuel

Automated giant kite will save costs and reduce emissions

The automated kite rig is expected to help Kawasaki Kisen improve fuel economy by about 20%. (Photo courtesy of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha)

TOKYO -- Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha will install automated kites to help pull its large bulk carriers, starting with one vessel by late 2021, under plans announced Friday by the Japanese shipping company.

The kite rig is expected to reduce fuel costs by about 20% and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 5,200 tons per ship per year.

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