27 March 2019
French agricultural and industrial vehicle specialist Manitou Group has followed car-maker Renault in pledging support for the Neoline wind-assisted vehicle carrier project.
Neoline is developing a highly-fuel efficient transatlantic transport line, thanks to innovative sailing vessels that will specialise in rolling and oversized goods. The 136m long ro-ro vessel with 4,200m² of sails combines technical maritime transport solutions with solutions from sport sailing in an innovative way. The vessel will use primary wind propulsion, in conjunction with economical speed and optimisation of the energy mix. The development plan expects to build two ships of this model, with a commissioning goal of 2021.
The planned line will connect St-Nazaire with the American east coast and Saint-Pierre & Miquelon. Michel PERY, President of Neoline, says: We have developed this transatlantic line dedicated to rolling and oversized freight with cargo shippers like the Manitou group. In particular, we plan to equip our vessels with movable decks whose dimensions and resistance are perfectly suited to the machines of the Manitou group. As a strategic shipper of our future line, the support shown by the Manitou group is a concrete step forward towards the commissioning of our vessels.”
With 80% of its revenues earned internationally, the Manitou group plans to transport more than 1,000 machines by ships from Europe to the US in 2019. This new solution will optimise the dynamics of its international transport flows: efficiently distributing all of its machines and components around the world more efficiently with less environmental impact.
Augustin Merle, Transport and Logistics Manager at the Manitou group, said: “It is essential for the Manitou group that we have access to transport solutions that are both efficient and responsible.
Neoline's proposal is a perfect fit for our operational needs. It is also viable in terms of energy consumption, saving an estimated more than 4,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. With this service, we will maintain similar delivery times, while optimising pre-routing from our factories in Grand Ouest to the port of Nantes - Saint-Nazaire.”