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Giant Kites That Drag Cargo Ships Across Oceans Go on Trial

An artist impression of a Seawing sail for merchant ships.
An artist impression of a Seawing sail for merchant ships.Source: Airseas

Add ships being dragged along by giant kites to the list of things the industry is exploring in its quest to decarbonize.

At the start of next year, the Ville de Bordeaux, a 154-meter-long ship that moves aircraft components for Airbus SE, will unfurl a 500 square meter kite on journeys across the Atlantic Ocean. It will undergo six months of trials and tests before full deployment.