Michelin set to use Neoline’s cargo sailboat

Michelin has signed a letter of commitment to use Neoline’s cargo sailboat to transport tyres from Canada to France.

Neoline is planning to start up a service between Halifax in Canada and Saint-Nazaire in France with a cargo ship which ‘relies on main propulsion by sail’. The company expects to have its first cargo sailboat in operation in 2023, with a second to follow in 2024.

Neoline’s vessel will be 136 metres long with 4,200 square metres of sails. The company estimates that its service will ‘reduce by 90% the CO2 emissions related to transatlantic maritime freight transport’.

The Canada-France line will also serve the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, as well as Baltimore in the US.

In a statement issued today, Neoline said that after the second vessel launches, the Michelin group will ‘gradually entrust at least 50% of the group’s containers transported on this line’.

Pierre-Martin Huet, Michelin Group Supply Chain Director, commented: ‘This initiative and this new partnership promote innovation in the field of carbon-free transport. This first step in carbon-free shipping is fully in line with the CSR strategy of Michelin’s operations. It will contribute to achieving the objective of reducing CO2 emissions from logistics by 15% in absolute terms between 2018 and 2030.’

Jean Zanuttini, President of NEOLINE, said: ‘We are honoured to welcome on board the Michelin Group, an emblematic French player strongly committed to innovation and sustainable mobility. This first commitment concerns Eastbound flow (from the Americas to Europe) and comes in addition to an already well-filled order book in Westbound direction (from Europe to the Americas). With our sailing cargo ships, we are developing a mode of transport that is more environmentally

Zanuttini added that Neoline and its partners are ‘currently working on the different options available to start the construction of the first vessel as soon as possible’.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor