22nd January 2008, 09:40
The world's first cargo ship partially powered by a giant kite is setting sail from Germany to Venezuela.
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25th January 2008, 13:54
Quote from the BBC News site
Fuel burnt by ships accounts for 4% of global CO2 emissions - twice as much as the aviation industry produces.
Meaningless statistic I reckon if you translated that into emissions per ton/mile or something it would be different story. Much of the cargo carried in ships is vital for world trade and includes staples like wheat and other foodstuffs (soya ?) not to mention oil gas and coal. If you grounded every aircraft in the world tomorrow we would all survive just fine. Tie up all the ships and see what happens.
27th January 2008, 21:35
here video of it : http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=kHZfzpbrMio
27th January 2008, 22:55
Sounds like a nightmare in the making for the crew expected to sail the ship and manage the kite.