Neopolia to Build NEOLINE’s Sail-Propulsion Ro-Ro Vessels

After an international tender for about fifteen shipyards, NEOLINE has chosen to entrust the NEOPOLIA Consortium of Companies with the task of building its first two innovative vessels employing sail as their principal means of propulsion. Work on building the first vessel is due to start at the end of 2019, with the vessel launch scheduled for the end of 2021.

Following the announcement by key players such as the Renault Group, the Manitou Group and the Beneteau Group that they were supporting the project, after endorsing the logistical and economic relevance of the new service for the Region’s industrialists, NEOLINE has taken a major step forward with the signing of a letter of intent to place an order with Neopolia S.A.S for the construction of two sail-propulsion vessels.

The simplified stock company established by the Neopolia network, the aim of which is to see that 235 firms join forces and work together on large-scale industrial projects, Neopolia S.A.S will be faced with the challenge of building these innovative sail-propulsion ro-ro vessels permitting an 80 % to 90 % saving in consumption and in the associated carbon footprint.

The NEOLINE Roro sail-propulsion vessels (136 m) will be chartered on a service that will connect Saint Nazaire to the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and to Saint-Pierre & Miquelon. This new shipping service is due to start in 2021.

Via the commercial support offered by the Port Authority, Nantes − Saint Nazaire Port gives its backing to alternative maritime transport initiatives, notably the sail propulsion project led by NEOLINE.
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