Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Flying Kites

I googled 'good news' just to shake off the blues... and it worked!

Check this out:
Monday, 28 January 2008
"The world's first cargo ship partially powered by a giant kite has set sail from Germany to Venezuela last week. "Beluga SkySails" is fitted with a giant computer-guided kite, which helps the engines to power the ship - thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions"

And here is a link to a video about it. It reduces the fuel consumption by about 20 %, and they are hoping to have up to 1500 ships using them by 2009. Not to mention flying kites, especially huge ones, must be really exciting and fun. It adds a playful element to merchant shipping!

Pretty ace huh!


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