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Ro Ro Vessel from RMK Marine to Operate Almost Entirely with Wind Power

RMK MARINE won the international tender opened for the commercial sailing Ro-Ro Vessel, which will operate almost entirely with the propulsion of wind energy and signed a contract with its French client, Neoline Armateurs for the construction of the Vessel. The 136-meter sailing Ro-Ro Vessel, Neoliner, has masts built with carbon fiber technology and a 3000 m2 sail area, and a navigation sensor system. The Ro-Ro Vessel will operate almost entirely by wind energy. It signed a contract for the construction of the vessel with the French company Neoline Armateurs on 28 November 2022 that goes into effect on 6 January 2023, announced in Nantes, France.

Named Neoliner, the vessel will be delivered in 2025 and uses a control system with smart sensors that determine the optimum navigation route and speed by evaluating wind and sea conditions. It is equipped with foldable sails made of light, high endurance material positioned on two carbon fiber masts. Neoliner has a crew of 20, accommodation for 12 passengers and life support systems, as well as a 6,300-ton cargo carrying capacity. This is equivalent to 321 cars, or 125 containers of 40′. RMK MARINE works with Chantiers De l’Atlantique shipyard, the designer and manufacturer of Solidsail Rig System; Bureau Mauric, one of the leading design offices in France; D-Ice, expert on the special navigation system on navigation with sails; and other solution partners. 

“We offer innovative and environmentally friendly solutions to our clients in compliance with IMO’s targets for decarbonization and reducing greenhouse gases, and we find it very valuable that renewable energy sources, particularly wind energy, find application in our own sector,” said Adnan Nefesoğlu, CEO of RMK MARINE. “The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set targets to reduce carbon emissions of all ships by 40% by 2030, by 70% by 2050, and ultimately to become carbon zero. In accordance with these goals, we use environmentally friendly and carbon footprint-reducing technologies in our projects we realize. On the other hand, we find it very valuable that renewable energy sources, particularly wind energy, find application in our own sector. The contract we signed with Neoline Armateurs for the construction of commercial sailing Ro-Ro vessel Neoliner which will operate almost entirely with the propulsion power of the wind energy is an important indication of our environmentally friendly production understanding. It is my firm belief that we will successfully complete this major project which excites us with the strength we derive from our infrastructure facilities and capabilities, skill sets, financial power, our recognition by our customers in the global market, and the awareness and reliability we have created in the sector.”

“Together, we have succeeded in carrying out a project which, in many respects, could initially seem utopian,” said Jean Zanuttini, CEO of Neoline Armateurs. “But in a context that daily reminds us that the fight against climate change is the challenge of this century, wind propulsion for commercial ships is becoming more and more of a pragmatic solution to an increasingly complex energy issue. Wind is certainly intermittent, but it is more predictable than the prices and availability of many other energies. This is an unprecedented opportunity to do our part in the energy transition and to pick up the thread of history of maritime transport under sail.”

To learn more, visit the RMK MARINE website here.


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