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We have been keeping a close eye on the progress of MV Beluga Skysail for you. This hybrid Prius-of-the-sea has traveled the 11,952 nautical miles from Germany to Venezuela, the United States and Norway quite successfully. The completion of her maiden voyage marks the beginning of what the company feels is a "a new chapter in the history of commercial shipping." And with a demonstrated ability to achieve a 20 percent fuel savings, who are we to argue?

The kite-assisted cargo ships operated by MS Beluga SkySails are about to reach a milestone. For the first time, cargo is being commercially transported on one of these ships, according to a statement put out by the company. A SkySail ship left the German port of Bremen over the weekend on its way to Venezuela with cargo from DHL Global Forwading, the ocean and air freight carrier of the Deutsche Post World Net Group. According to The News Market, with favorable winds, "fuel costs can be lowered

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