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Michelin choses NEOLINE to ship cargo by sail

Press Release: Michelin chooses the French start-up NEOLINE, offering carbon-free shipping innovating  services  

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.  “This initiative and this new partnership promote innovation in the field of carbon-free transport. This  first step in carbon-free shipping is fully in line with the CSR strategy of Michelin’s operations. It will  contribute to achieving the objective of reducing CO2 emissions from logistics by 15% in absolute terms between 2018 and 2030,” said Pierre-Martin Huet, Michelin Group Supply Chain Director. 

Jean Zanuttini, President of NEOLINE, added: “We are honored to welcome on board the Michelin  Group, an emblematic French player strongly committed to innovation and sustainable mobility. This  first commitment concerns Eastbound flow (from the Americas to Europe) and comes in addition to an  already well-filled order book in Westbound direction (from Europe to the Americas). With our sailing  cargo ships, we are developing a mode of transport that is more environmentally friendly, adapted to  the current economic and logistical reality of shippers and not dependent on fossil fuels. »  

Jean Zanuttini adds: “With our partners, we are currently working on the different options available to  start the construction of our first vessel as soon as possible. »  

With this new commitment, NEOLINE is positioning itself as an ambassador for the energy transition of  the Supply Chains of major French industry leaders such as Groupe Renault, Groupe Beneteau,  Manitou Group, Jas Hennessy & Co and now the Michelin Group. NEOLINE’s solution, by significantly  reducing the impact of maritime transport, contributes to achieving the sustainable development  objectives of France and the International Maritime Organization.

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