Loire Atlantic: Newlyn sailing boat delayed, but with brown sail at Chantiers de l’Atlantique

The Neoliner will be equipped with masts 76 meters high, equipped with a steel sail © NEOLINE / Mauric / Neopolia / Chantiers de l’Atlantique

We’ll have to wait a little longer before building starts sailing ship for the company in Nantes (Loire Atlantic), Newlin. Initially planned for this summer, the construction site is supposed to finally be launched Autumn 2022. Always with the same goal: commissioning by 2024-2025. But also with a change: the sail will take place at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

Construction site delayed in the fall

It’s been seven years since Neoline was created to start Nantes to launch Newliner, a main thrust sailing merchant ship, for the transatlantic line Saint Nazaire Baltimore, passing through Saint Pierre and Miquelon. But since the first predictions, the global context has changed dramatically and now affects all construction work, especially with regard to raw materials. So the start of construction has been delayed for a few months, to start this fall.

The project is adapting to a rapidly changing world. If the financial and industrial shutdown takes longer than initially anticipated, its significance increases.

Jean Zanotini, CEO of Neoline

The return of the wind to the merchandise

The only event dedicated to marine transportation by sail, Wind for Goods highlights sector innovations and questions the challenges of this key sector in the energy transition. After the first edition last September, which welcomed more than 500 visitors, the show returns on June 1 and 2, 2023 in Saint-Nazaire. For the 2023 edition, the show will take place over two days instead of just one day.

Solid Sail’s Choice

If the construction site is delayed, the drawings become clearer. Two solid sail platforms will supply the hull of the cargo ship. A name far from the unknown in Saint-Nazaire: the project, led by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, is currently being tested in the port.

Calculations show that the Solid Sail platform, with its rigid sails, will allow performance equivalent, or even superior, to the 4,200 square meters of flex sails initially envisaged.


See you this fall to start building. The order book is filled out: Renault Group, Beneteau Group, Manitou Group, Jas Hennessy & Co, Clarins, Longchamp and Rémy Cointreau have already embarked on this path.

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