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Huge kite helps container ship across Atlantic

by Pat Coate | January 24, 2008
"We aim to prove it pays to protect the environment."
- Stephan Wrage, inventor

Berlin, Germany - Oil at more than $90 a barrel is concentrating minds in the shipping industry.

The world's first commercial ship powered partly by a giant kite set off on a maiden voyage from Bremen to Venezuela on Tuesday, in an experiment that inventor Stephan Wrage hopes can wipe 20 percent, or $1,600, from the ship's daily fuel bill.

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