Groupe Beneteau has confirmed its interest in the Neoline project for the transatlantic transportation of its boats to the US.
Neoline is currently developing an energy-efficient transatlantic transport line which will use cargo sailing ships specialising in rolling and oversized freight.
Scheduled to start up in 2021, the route will link Saint-Nazaire in France to America’s East Coast and Saint-Pierre & Miquelon.
“Groupe Beneteau exports 80% of the boats it builds in Europe,” explains Magdeleine Allaume, Groupe Beneteau’s procurement and supply chain director.
“The United States is the main destination for these exports, with the North American market representing 30% of our revenues.
“The exceptional dimensions of our boats and the need to safeguard their quality at every stage of their transportation makes this flow a real logistics challenge.
“Neoline offers a bespoke solution that is ecologically and economically relevant for our transatlantic flows, with loading also located very close to our yards.
”As the world’s leading builder of recreational sailing yachts, the use of sails for maritime transportation is a natural choice for us.”
Neoline chairman Michel Péry says Groupe Beneteau is one of the company’s strategic shipper clients for its dedicated transatlantic line for rolling and oversized freight.
“We have worked together to define some of the ships’ features, including their exceptional door height of 9.8m, for the complete transportation of the largest boats produced by Groupe Beneteau,” he says.
“The 12.6m ramp width also offers the capacity for loading large catamarans.
“By combining cost-cutting speed and an optimised energy mix with wind propulsion, the Neoliner – a 136m roll-on, roll-off ship with 4,200sq m of sails – will make it possible to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared with a traditional cargo ship on an equivalent route.”