The sizing itself of the pilot project ships is supposed to set us apart from the competition with the main lines which benefit from a large scale effect. As a result, the transatlantic route operated by NEOLINE will focus on a niche market, offering new capacities in terms of type of freight (rolling and out of gauge freight) and destination ports.
The first shipping route plans to connect St-Nazaire to the East Coast of the United States as from 2021, calling at St-Pierre and Miquelon on the return voyage. The objective is to operate this line with two vessels thus offering a fortnight service.
The operational conditions on this route were simulated over 5 years of meteorological history, using a routing study conducted with D-ICE Engineering. The results validated the prospects for bunker savings while confirming that voyage schedules would be met at a commercial speed of 11kt.