France commits to sail roros

French car manufacturer Renault is to get 80-90% reduction in CO2 emissions transporting its vehicles on newly commissioned sail roros when they start to deliver in 2021.

Nantes-based Neoline, which is developing industrial-scale wind-powered freight services, has selected Neopolia from the Loire region of France to build two sail roros with the first one due for delivery two years from now.

The first line will connect Saint-Nazaire on France’s west coast to the American east coast and Saint-Pierre & Miquelon with Renault committing to use the service.

Michel Pery, president of Neoline, commented yesterday: “We are convinced that sailing propulsion is a new sector of excellence for French shipbuilding with strong development potential.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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