The NEOLINE project

The maritime transport, as an essential link in a globalised market economy, is bound to offer a more modern concept of transport to meet the challenges of the coming decades which will see the inevitable increase in the oil price along with an announced shortage of the resource, stricter regulations on pollutant emissions and greenhouse gases as well as the consideration of the transport mode in companies’ carbon equation.

Based on an innovative and reliable technology, NEOLINE provides an immediately operational, sustainable and profitable solution for shippers.

NEOLINE coucher de soleil

The Challenges

In a highly competitive globalized trading market the maritime transport is more and more confronted with  accelerating environmental and regulatory requirements  and must therefore make unprecedented efforts to adapt its operating methods.

Maritime transport, which alone accounts for 7% of the world oil consumption, is particularly concerned with reducing polluting and greenhouse gas emissions, especially since the fuels used to date are highly polluting, particularly because of their sulphur dioxide (SOX) content.

In order to match this challenge, the international players in conventional maritime transport have undertaken to reduce CO2 emissions from the industry by 50% before 2050. More immediately, they will have to comply, as  from 1st January 2020, with a reduction in the sulphur content of bunkers from 3.5% down to 0.5%.

With this new standard combined with the increase in oil prices, shipowners expect an exceptional increase in their bunker budget. As for ship technical solutions (gigantism, slow steaming, scrubbers, LNG, etc.), they are costly and  remain limited and can even generate new forms of pollution  in some cases.

In this context, NEOLINE’s solution of using wind propulsion, based on the exploitation of inexhaustible and clean energy does make sense.


Thanks to the main sail propulsion, NEOLINE is moving towards zero emission transport while providing cost stability.

Our vision

Our vision

Sailing propulsion, enhanced by 21st century technologies, is an efficient and immediately available response to the need to adapt maritime transport to a profoundly changing context.

NEOLINE has made the strategic choice of sailing propulsion, based on the one hand on the exploitation of inexhaustible, free and clean energy, and on the other hand on proven technology, which today benefits from considerable advances in terms of performance and flexibility of use.

This mode of propulsion combined with a reduction in operating speed (a general trend in the world of shipping) at 11 knots, as planned by NEOLINE, allows to reduce the energy needed by half.

An optimized control of the energy mix and a successful meteorological routing practice: this combination designed and implemented by NEOLINE drastically reduces the consumption of fossil fuels and associated emissions, while ensuring a regular service.

As for the use of mechanical propulsion and complementary conventional energies to secure commercial speed, ensure port manoeuvres and produce electricity on board, the NEOLINE project plans to replace them with renewable energies in the long term, thus moving towards zero emission transport.

NEOLINER v136m et v210m

Our ambition

After a first generation of pilot project ships, we want to design, in cooperation with our partner shippers, larger vessels that will gradually reach zero emission, adapted to new freight and trade lanes.

To achieve its vision, NEOLINE plans to start by operating pilot project vessels in the North Atlantic by 2020/2021, which will save between 80% and 90% of bunker consumption while ensuring a competitive and efficient service.

By 2030, NEOLINE plans to go even further by offering a wider range of maritime transport solutions that will be able to meet as many needs as possible.

Together with its partners, NEOLINE is sketching out this second generation of ships, with a transport capacity on a mass transport scale so that the technologies and know-how developed can be adapted to as many shipping sectors and geographical services as possible.

Our partners


To ensure the success of the project, NEOLINE has brought together an ecosystem of partners who are experts in their fields.


As a subsidiary of the ECA group, Bureau MAURIC is in charge of the engineering of our pilot project ships.


A company founded by Michel Desjoyeaux, Mer Forte is in charge of rigging engineering.


Specialized in ecological naval solutions and expert in large sailing boats, AVELAJ assists NEOLINE in the design and construction of the rigging.


A company based in Nantes specialising in digital naval applications, D-Ice carries out operational and weather routing simulations for our future vessels.


NEOPOLIA, a cluster of Loire industries, has been supporting NEOLINE since the beginning of the project.

DNV GL approval Neoline

Classification Society: Approval of plans on June 5, 2019 and regulatory monitoring of the construction of the first ships.


Shipping agency services related to transport, logistics and port operations in Nantes Saint-Nazaire Montoir.

Main interlocutor for handling and stevedoring services at the Ro-Ro terminal of the Port of Nantes Saint Nazaire.

Labels & Support

Our project is supported by Atlanpole and obtained a co-labelling in October 2017, from:

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logo Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique

The Institutional Parties

They trust us and took part in the funding of our project:

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Crédit Photo : Port de Nantes/Saint Nazaire/ Franck Badaire

Shippers Partners

NEOLINE builds its commercial offering on solid and economically viable foundations, which have already convinced major French industrial groups.

These shippers partners are committed with NEOLINE to cleaner shipping, in an ambitious corporate social responsibility (CSR) approach. Aware of the environmental, social and ethical challenges of their activities, they are determined actors in the energy transition of their supply chain and transport logistics.

NEOLINE develops tailor-made solutions for its partners that are part of their environmental strategy to reduce the carbon footprint of their supply chain.

The RENAULT Group, a pioneer among these active shippers, has found in NEOLINE a partner capable of contributing to the ambition of its environmental strategy to reduce its carbon footprint by 25% between 2010 and 2022, with a target of 6% for its supply chain compared to 2016.

A 3-year RENAULT-NEOLINE GROUP partnership was signed in autumn 2018 to support a clean maritime transport solution using wind propulsion, thus contributing to the environmental management of the group’s supply chain.

Jean-Philippe HERMINE Groupe RENAULT
Jean-Philippe Hermine - Director of the RENAULT Group's Environmental Strategy and Plan
« As part of our R&D strategy to explore new sustainable mobility solutions and support the trajectory of reducing our carbon footprint by -25% by 2022, the solution designed by NEOLINE, combining energy saving and operational relevance, has clearly drawn our attention”. »

As the world’s leading player in the nautical industries and European leader in leisure housing, Groupe Beneteau has developed unique skills and know-how. With an international industrial presence and a global sales network, the Group has a workforce of 7,400 employees.

Groupe Beneteau exports nearly 80% of the boats built in Europe. A large part of its exports are to the United States, with the North American market accounting for nearly 30% of its turnover. The exceptional dimensions of its vessels and the need to preserve their quality at each stage of transport make this flow a real logistical challenge.

Magdeleine Allaume - Beneteau
Magdeleine ALLAUME - Groupe Beneteau Procurement and Supply Chain Director
« NEOLINE offers a tailor-made solution, ecologically and economically relevant for Groupe Beneteau’s transatlantic flows, with a load as close as possible to our sites. As the world’s leading manufacturer of pleasure yachts, the use of sailing in the world of maritime transport seemed obvious to us, skilfully implemented by the NEOLINE project. »

Manitou Group, the world leader in off-road handling, designs, produces, distributes and services equipment for the construction, agricultural and industrial sectors.

Already rewarded several times for its active approach to reducing emissions, the Manitou Group has found in the transport solution developed by NEOLINE, a logistics service offer adapted to its specific transport needs, and capable of significantly contributing to the reduction of its carbon footprint while supporting the group’s international growth.

Augustin Merle Supply Chain MANITOU
Augustin Merle - Transport and Logistics Manager at the Manitou Group:
« It is essential for the Manitou Group to be able to access efficient and responsible transport solutions. NEOLINE’s proposal is fully in line with our operational needs. It is also energy viable with an estimate of more than 4,000 tons* of CO2 saved per year (Source: Ademe database for a ro-ro cargo consumption of 0.103 kgCO2/ With this service, we will maintain similar delivery times while optimizing pre-routing from our plants in the Grand Ouest to the port of Nantes – Saint-Nazaire. »