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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.

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