The construction of Neoline Armateur, a French startup, has begun on its revolutionary roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) sailing vessel.
On November 8, 2023, the first steel was cut for the 136-meter-long sail-powered RoRo ship at RMK Marine’s shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey.
The Neoliner is expected to commence operations in June 2025 and will begin a monthly transatlantic route between the ports of Saint-Nazaire, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Baltimore, and Halifax starting in 2025.
Compared to conventional vessels of similar size, the Neoliner project, which started twelve years ago, aims to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by over eighty per cent.
This reduction is made possible by using wind power as the primary source of propulsion and minimising energy requirements.
The vessel’s construction has been assigned to RMK Marine, a Turkish shipyard working with a group of partners that include Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Bio-sea UV, D-ICE Engineering, Engie Axima, Fouré Lagadec, and MAURIC.
With cutting-edge features like retractable anti-drift plans, an effective weather routing system, and two folding carbon Solidsail masts measuring 76 meters each invented by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, the Neoliner is designed to run mostly on sail propulsion, cutting fuel consumption and related emissions by eighty to ninety per cent.
In addition to the 13 crew members, the ship can accommodate 12 passengers in six double cabins, giving it a loading capacity of 1,200 linear meters or 265 20′ containers.
References- Offshore Energy, PortNews
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