October 25 -German multi-purpose and heavy lift operator BBC Chartering is to co-operate with SkySails, the alternative propulsion system developer based in Hamburg, to further promote the latter's kite-based system.

The impetus was the recent acquisition of the multipurpose vessel BBC SkySails, promoted as offering charterers the prospect of 'greener' sea transport.

The 9,821 dwt vessel is fitted with the latest prototype of the SkySails auxiliary wind propulsion system, using a kite with a surface measuring 320 sq m which can deliver an engine load relief of up to 2,000 kW at favourable wind conditions.

Svend AndersenBBC managing director, says: "There are many technological developments underway that have the potential to innovate andinfluence the future of shipping. By adding BBC SkySails to our fleet we can offer an innovative service that allows to measurably reducing emissions and hence credibly and visibly supports a charter client's corporate sustainability strategy."

Stephan Wrage, CEO of SkySails says, "The SkySails propulsion system as cutting edge technology offers cargo owners and shippers the possibility to share into our joint responsibility for green actions." 

The company says it notices high attention from single market participants, but also from industry associations that like to take leadership roles in strengthening green awareness and call for responsible actions amongst peers. "We look forward to develop such ideas together with BBC Chartering and other interested parties," states Wrage.

"Interested cargo owners and shippers are welcome to contact us and make use of a vessel visiting opportunity," adds Niels Finn, key account manager at SkySails. 

With more than 140 vessels being marketed currently by BBC Chartering the company operates the single largest multipurpose and heavy lift fleet in the market with lifting capacities reaching up to 800 tonnes and vessel sizes that range from 3,500 to 37,300 dwt.