Monday, January 21, 2008
I love PR like this:
DHL Uses First Wind-Propelled Cargo Vessel to Make Delivery to South America
[21-Jan-2008] The MS Beluga SkySails, the world’s first cargo vessel with the SkySails towing kite system, is being used for commercial transport for the first time. It will carry cargo from Bremen to Venezuela on behalf of DHL Global Forwading, the ocean and air freight carrier of the Deutsche Post World Net Group. The vessel features a new wind propulsion system with a towing kite measuring up to 320 metres, that provides additional thrust for the ship at sea, a sustainable solution for reducing fuel consumption, costs and emissions. Depending on wind conditions, fuel costs can be lowered between ten and 35 percent. A small, 87-metre-long freighter would thus save an average of 280,000 Euros in fuel costs per year.
I hate to break it to them, but they're not the first to make deliveries to SA using a wind-propelled cargo vessel. My ancestors did it 150 years ago, and I'm confident Pizarro didn't come via fusion-powered catamaran.