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MS Beluga SkySails Completes Her Maiden Voyage

| Wednesday February 6th, 2008 | 2 Comments

Beluga SkySails finishes her maiden commercial voyage. Photo:ReutersWe’ve been keeping tabs on the progress of the Beluga SkySails, first modern commercial cargo vessel to harness wind power with a deployable computer controlled kite.

The ship arrived in the Venezuelan port of Guanta on Tuesday, leaving from Germany on January 22nd.

SkySails didn’t deploy the high-tech kite system until reaching the Azores, midway in her voyage. Once fully deployed, the system saved between 10 and 15 percent in fuel consumption, or $1000 to $1500 per day, according to Verena Frank, project manager for the SkySails. This was the first time the system had been tested under the difficult conditions of the mid-Atlantic.

As bugs get ironed out and crews gain expertise with the system, the kite can be deployed for up to half of a typical voyage while fuel conservation is expected to increase another 5 to 10 percent.  

While some skeptics insist that the kite system isn’t practical for the largest cargo vessels, SkySails’ innovative approach and application of wind power may just prove the skeptics wrong.

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  • Dale Shires

    10-15% is massive. This is very good news!

  • http://www.fazlaoyun.com Oyun Oyna

    @Dale Shires, you are right. %15.. it rocks;)