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Cargill Announces World's Largest Kite Assisted Vessel

04 July, 2011

Cargill has signed a contract with the Greek shipping Anbros Maritime SA (Anbros) on the installation of the world's largest kite on its bulk carrier Aghia Marina. Aghia Marina normally transports agricultural and industrial raw materials. The 170 meter long ship was built in 1994, has a cruising speed of up to 14 knots and can accommodate a cargo of 28,500 tons. Thus, it will become the largest cargo ship, on which SkySails GmbH (SkySails) wind propulsion technology will be utilized.

Cargill announced last February that it signed a supply agreement with SkySails, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping industry through the use of wind energy. The Hamburg company SkySails has developed an innovative, patented technology, using kites that under ideal wind conditions can reduce fuel consumption by up to 35%.

It is expected that AGHIA MARINA will be fitted out with its 320 square meter kite during the first quarter of 2012 on the Anbros owned chartered in vessel.

SkySails will train the crew of Aghia Marina in the handling and operation of the towing kite propulsion. The SkySails towing kite is connected by a rope to the ship and flies at a height between 100 and 420 m characters in the form of an "8". It is controlled via a control cable automatically by computer, so that the wind is optimally used.

Source - SkySails.

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