Grain transporter Cargill has signed an agreement with Germany’s SkySails to use wind power technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on its ships. Cargill plans to install a 320m2 SkySails kite on one of its handysize vessels, which the company has on long-term charter. This will put the bulk carrier, in the 25,000dwt to 30,000dwt range, the largest vessel propelled by a kite in the world. Cargill and SkySails aim to have the system operational in 2012 as a prototype experiment for the rest of the Cargill fleet.
WIND POWER: Cargill go fly a kite