Seawing kite system

Japanese shipowner and shipping conglomerate Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has announced that a new subsidiary Oceanicwings S.A.S. was established on January 18 in France, and as of February 15 has acquired the business of Airseas (France).

The goal with this purchase by K Line is to strengthen the development and commercialization of “Seawing”, which is an automated kite system using wind power.

“Seawing” is expected to reduce CO2 emissions from vessels by approximately 20%. By synergy with fuel conversion, such as using liquified natural gas (LNG) instead of conventional heavy fuel oil, “Seawing” is also expected higher performance of CO2 reduction.

“Seawing” harnessing natural wind power and can be installed on any type of vessel, including existing ones, with no energy production or supply facility is required.

K Line’s long-term environmental guideline, “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 ~ Blue Seas for the Future ~” outlines the 2030 target of improving CO2 emission efficiency by 50% compared to 2008, exceeding the 40% target set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and net zero GHG emissions by 2050.

K Line will contribute to the low-carbon society by development of environmental technology including “Seawing”, as the company states.

Video credit: Airseas