First Skysails cargo ship officially launched

The MV Beluga Skysails was officially launched in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday night. MV Beluga Skysails is the first cargo vessel in the world to be fitted with the innovative Skysails auxiliary propulsion system.

MV Beluga Skysails

Niels Stolberg, CEO of Beluga Shipping GmbH, said:

You have to have the courage to try out something new. This courage is based on the certainty that the SkySails system is the only sail system in the maritime shipping sector to date that can be used in commercial operation without any restrictions in vessel use.

Eva Luise Köhler, wife of the Federal German President, awarded the vessel her name, MV “Beluga SkySails”, during the christening ceremony at Überseebrücke in Hamburg.

The MV Beluga SkySails is equipped with a kite measuring 160 square metres which is expected to reduce fuel consumption by 10 to 15 percent in the initial phase of operation. Later, when the kite is scaled up to 320 square metres in the course of the coming yearsavings of 20 to 30 percent are expected.

MV Beluga SkySails will undertake its maiden voyage across the Atlantic to Venezuela in early January.

Source: Beluga Group via SBS

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