France’s Michelin Group joined a growing number of global brands committing to use a sail-powered carbon-free shipping alternative for its products.
Michelin has signed a transport commitment with French start-up Neoline to transport 50% of its tires on the pilot line from Halifax in Canada to Saint-Nazaire in France by 2023. The French start-up that plans to build two cargo ships that will use sails for their main propulsion.
Neoline’s shipping service relies on wind energy as the main propulsion for its 136 m long cargo ships with 4,200 sq m of sails which it claims will reduce by 90% the CO2 emissions related to transatlantic maritime freight transport.
Neoline plans to open its transatlantic line with a first operating vessel in 2023. A second vessel is scheduled to deliver a year later from a yard in France. Neoline has bagged a host of other clients in the run up to its first ship launch, including automaker Renault and cognac maker Hennessy.
They are planning two pilot project ships as a demonstration and proof of the concept. The design for the ship includes duplex rigging and anti-drift fins, which NEOLINE says favor regular and efficient navigation under sails. These elements will also be retractable to allow access to a majority of ports.
Pierre-Martin Huet, Michelin Group’s supply chain director. said; ''It will contribute to achieving the objective of reducing CO2 emissions from logistics by 15% in absolute terms between 2018 and 2030.''