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December 04, 2018

Renault partners with sailing ship company

Groupe Renault has announced that it is partnering with NEOLINE, a sailboat designer and operator, to experiment with a new maritime transport solution in order to reduce the carbon footprint of its supply chain.

The partnership plans the construction of two wind-powered cargo ships by 2020 to reduce the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions on transoceanic routes, between Saint-Nazaire, the east coast of the United States and Saint -Pierre & Miquelon.

To provide a maritime transport solution that meets the current environmental stakes, NEOLINE is developing services of sailing freight, with an industrial dimension, tailor-made and competitive, corresponding to the logistic needs of shippers.

Supported by a team of maritime professionals, this shipowner's project led to the design of a commercial demonstrator capable of reducing CO2 emissions by up to 90%, compared to a traditional cargo ship on an equivalent journey, using wind propulsion, associated with an economic speed for the the optimization of the energy mix.

This demonstrator, a 136-meter-long, 4200-square-meter sail-ship, combines innovative technical solutions from maritime transport in order to enable high-performance transport in logistical terms while being of exemplary sobriety in energy consumption.

The group's ambition is to build two ships on this model, with a target of commissioning in 2020 - 2021, on a pilot line that will connect St-Nazaire, the east coast of the United States and Saint-Pierre & Miquelon.

Source: Groupe Renault