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The Marseille-based CMA CGM Group, a global player in shipping and logistics, with Neoline launch the building of its first Ro-Ro sailing ship with the concept name Neoliner.

CMA CGM partners, are supporting the construction of Neoliner, to be built by the RMK Marine shipyard for the shipowner Neoline. The ship will be launched in June 2025 on transatlantic routes, and the project is supported by the €1.5 billion CMA CGM Fund for Energies.

The 136-meter-long Ro-Ro vessel, with the name Neoliner, is equipped with two 76-meter high Solidsails folding carbon masts.

The French company said that due to its 3000m2 of sails, developed by the “Chantiers de L’Atlantique”, the vessel will emit 80% to 90% less greenhouse gases than a traditional vessel of comparable size, and virtually no SOx, NOx and particles.

The acquisition of a stake in Neoline will enable the CMA CGM Group to improve its knowledge of sail technology, a medium-term solution on the windiest routes, as the company reveals in the statement released yesterday.

Emilie Espanet, the Head of CMA CGM Fund for Energies, noted that ”the Group, committed to be Net Zero by 2050, has been involved for years in the development of innovative projects and prototypes, to accelerate the decarbonization of the maritime sector. We are convinced that several technologies will have to coexist to build the low-emission transport solutions of tomorrow. With the support of the CMA CGM Fund for Energies, Neoliner aims to be the first sailing cargo in operation as soon as 2025.”