Using Kites to Reduce Shipping Costs

The “MV Beluga Skysails” is a ship with a difference.
It sports a huge kite that can be unfurled upto 300 metre above the ship, helping it to reduce fuel bills by 20 percent.
The kite’s manufacutrers, Skysails (http://www.skysails.info/) claim that the kite system can pay for itself in about three to five years, and is easily installed on any cargo ship.
The 135 metre long Beluga Skysails was launched on Saturday from Hamburg, and will be making a trans-atlantic crossing in early January.

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