NEOLINE AND MICHELIN TO OPEN CARBON-FREE SHIPPING SERVICE TO HALIFAX

February 13, 2021

Firmly committed to reducing CO2 emissions from its logistics operations, the Michelin Group recently signed a transport commitment with Neoline.
Neoline’s decarbonized shipping service relies on clean and renewable wind energy as the main propulsion for its 136m long cargo ships with 4200 m2 of sails. This is an innovative and unique solution, open to all shippers, which will reduce by 90% the CO2 emissions related to transatlantic maritime freight transport.
A first concrete step for the Michelin group on the NEOLINE pilot line from Halifax (Canada) to Saint-Nazaire – Montoir de Bretagne (France) by 2023.
The transport commitment signed by Michelin concerns the transport by sailing cargo ships of tires loaded in containers from Halifax (Canada) to Saint-Nazaire – Montoir de Bretagne (France) on the pilot line opened by Neoline, which will also serve the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, as well as Baltimore (USA).
NEOLINE plans to open its transatlantic line with a first operating vessel in 2023. With the arrival of a second vessel, scheduled a year later, the Michelin group will gradually entrust Neoline with at least 50% of the group’s containers transported on this line.
Like the Group’s sites, which are committed to the ambitious goal of zero CO2 emissions by 2050, Michelin intends to test new solutions to decarbonize its logistics operations
Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin, a world leader in tire manufacturing is present in 170 countries, employs more than 127,000 people and operates 69 tire plants that together have produced approximately 200 million tires in 2019.
Neoline was founded in Nantes, France, in 2015 by a group of maritime professionals convinced of the necessary evolution of shipping towards a more responsible maritime transport. Neoline’s ambition is to become the first shipowner oriented towards energy sobriety, relying on main propulsion under sail. The company has developed the concept of the Neoliner 136, a 136 m vessel with 4,200 m2 of sail and sailing at commercial speed at 11 knots.
Neoline established two commercial partnerships with the French companies, Renault and Manitou in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
(Source: Neoline – Image: Neoliner 136/Neoline/Mauric)