SkySails Maiden Voyage a Success

By Deane Barker on March 21, 2008

Kite-Assisted Cargo Ship Successfully Completes Maiden Voyage: We discussed the idea of a kite-assisted ship a few years ago here. Well, a ship has actually made a trans-Atlantic voyage assisted by one of these kites, and the results were wicked good.

During its time at sea, the kite-assisted ship traveled a total of 11,952 nautical miles. During the time that the kite was deployed — which lasted anywhere from a few minutes to up to 8 hours — it pulled the ship with up to 5 tons of power at force 5 winds — a relief of more than 20% on the ship’s engines. Projected onto an entire day, this performance by the “Beluga SkySails” represents savings of about 2.5 tons of fuel and more than $1,000 a day.

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  1. Wow factor. :-) Diesel-kite hybrid power. But the kite probably does the work as easily as the VW Touareg can pull a 747. :-)

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