French yacht maker Beneteau Group has joined domestic start-up Neoline’s project to build a sail-powered cargo vessel. It wants to use the ship to export its boats across the Atlantic, Neoline said.
Groupe Beneteau has confirmed its interest in the Neoline project for the transatlantic transportation of its boats to the US. Neoline is currently developing an energy-efficient transatlantic transport line with cargo sailing ships specialised in rolling and oversized freight. Scheduled to start up in 2021, this route will link Saint-Nazaire in France to America’s East Coast and Saint-Pierre & Miquelon.
“Groupe Beneteau exports nearly 80% of the boats built in Europe. The United States is the main destination for these exports and the North American market represents almost 30% of our revenues,” says Magdeleine Allaume, Groupe Beneteau procurement and supply chain director.
“The exceptional dimensions of our boats and the need to safeguard their quality at every stage during their transportation makes this flow a real logistics challenge,” she adds. “Neoline offers a bespoke solution that is ecologically and economically relevant for our transatlantic flows, with loading also located very close to our yards.
”As the world’s leading builder of recreational sailing yachts, the use of sails for maritime transportation effectively put in place with the Neoline project was a natural choice for us.”
Neoline chairman Michel Péry says Groupe Beneteau is one of the company’s strategic shipper clients for its dedicated transatlantic line for rolling and oversized freight. “We have worked together to define some of the ships’ features, including their exceptional door height of 9.8m, for the complete transportation of the largest boats produced by Groupe Beneteau,” he says. “The 12.6m ramp width also offers the capacity for loading large catamarans.”
Neoline’s industrial-scale freight transportation solution is powered primarily by a sailing propulsion system that is clean, bespoke and competitive, and that is designed to meet shippers’ logistics needs. By combining cost-cutting speed and an optimised energy mix with wind propulsion, the Neoliner – a 136m roll-on, roll-off ship with 4,200sq m of sails developed by Neoline – will make it possible to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared with a traditional cargo ship on an equivalent route.