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Keel laid for wind-powered ro-ro NEOLINER ORIGIN

Ro-roNeoline Armateur celebrated, with builder RMK Marine and its partners, NEOLINER ORIGIN’s beginning of assembly, marked by the laying of the first block. This symbolic and fundamental step brings the ship closer to its launch, scheduled for December 2024, and its entry into service in June 2025.

NEOLINER ORIGIN will become a 136m-long sailing commercial ship capable of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 80% compared to conventional ships of equivalent size by reducing energy needs and using wind as the main propulsion energy.

The NEOLINER ORIGIN will be equipped with nearly 3,000sqm of sail and two foldable Solidsail carbon masts of 76m height manufactured by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, retractable anti-drift plans made by Fouré Lagadec, and an ultra-efficient weather routing system developed by D-ICE Engineering.

Thanks to these innovative technologies and adopting a commercial speed of 11 knots, the NEOLINER ORIGIN will achieve fuel savings of up to 80% to 90%, resulting in a reduction of associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Upon completion of its construction, the NEOLINER ORIGIN will leave Tuzla to reach Saint-Nazaire and, at the end of June/beginning of July 2025, will perform its first rotation between Saint-Nazaire and the East Coast of the United States (Halifax/Baltimore), with two stops at Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.

This new transatlantic route will provide shippers who have chosen Neoline with an industrial and competitive transportation service while being as decarbonized as possible and offering new capabilities in terms of types of cargo (rolling and oversized freight) as well as destinations.

NEOLINE develops custom solutions with and for its partners as part of their environmental strategy to reduce the carbon footprint of their logistics chain.

The solution offered by NEOLINE allows cost savings on pre-routing logistics to major European ports in the English Channel and the North Sea and post-routing to major American and Canadian ports.

With a loading capacity of 1,200 lane metres (2.8m wide) or 265 TEUs for a maximum weight of 5,300 tonnes of goods, the NEOLINER ORIGIN can accommodate different types of cargo. It can also carry up to 12 passengers during its various rotations.

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NEOLINER ORIGIN © Neoline / Mauric

NEOLINER ORIGIN © Neoline / Mauric

Feb 15 2024

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