At the origin
of an ambition

The origin of the NEOLINE project lies in the commitment of a group of Merchant Navy officers federated by Michel Péry, captain of ro-ro ships, convinced that the climate challenges would lead the shipping world to consider new propulsion modes to improve their environmental performance.

Their common driver is the conviction that the working sail is the only truly sober, immediately available and powerful enough solution to propel cargo ships.




After four years of reflection and design work crowned by the filing of an international patent application, NEOLINE was incorporated in 2015 as a simplified public limited company with a share capital of €48,000.

The management team is headed by Michel Pery as chairman and Jean Zanuttini as Chief Executive Officer. A management committee has been set up to help steer the project and ensure proper coordination between shareholders and management. Since 2017, new partners have joined the company through capital increases to cover the investments needed to boost the project forward, including technical and commercial studies, as well as the first recruitments.

The effective management of the NEOLINE project is ensured by Jean Zanuttini, assisted by an operational team with all the necessary skills. As of December 1, 2018, the company’s share capital stood at €222,700 and a further contribution of nearly €600,000 was brought by its shareholders since the beginning. In addition, €150,000 in public funds were grantedby the BPI and the Pays de la Loire Region.

A turn of shareholders will take place when the first ships start being built which will of course entail a change in the company’s capital structure. The organisation of the company itself will also need strengthening by then.

Neoline is member of :

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Michel Pery, Chairman of the Board

As Captain of the Merchant Marine, aboard ro-ro cargo ships and the Three Mast Barque BELEM, Michel Péry has been in command of merchant marine cargo ships for nearly 25 years. He has an extensive experience in the navigation, operation and maintenance of commercial vessels.

During his career, he witnessed a significant shift in the economic and regulatory context towards a growing consideration and improvment of social practices and respect for the environment.

“The reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and pollutants can only be achieved by reducing hydrocarbon consumption. This reduction requires an engineer’s approach, but also that of a logistician and a sailor in order to make the most of a technique that is directly available and consuming inexhaustible energy: sailing. »

Michel Pery

Jean Zanuttini, Managing Director

After seven years as a Merchant Marine Officer, particularly on ro-ro ships, Jean Zanuttini has been acting as a maritime and naval consultant since 2010. He combines technical, operational and commercial expertise.

In 2011, with Michel Pery, Jean Zanuttini starts the design work on what will become the NEOLINER: an environmentally friendly pilot project ship, safe and adapted to the practice of maritime trade. Since 2016, Jean has been working full time as a NEOLINE Project Manager.

“As future shipowners, we are developing a transversal strategy by combining technical aspects, operational parameters and listening to our shippers. This is how we can develop a solid, industrial business model that is adapted to the reality of the 21st century. »

Jean Zanuttini

Board Committee

The major decisions and strategic orientations of the company are taken by a Board Committee, which meets monthly with the managers and partners:

Eric Gavoty

Eric Gavoty, Chairman of the Board Committee

Former director of communication for a banking group and general secretary of the BELEM Foundation, he is actively involved in the political and commercial development of the NEOLINE project.

Philippe Videau

Philippe Videau

Shipowner, co-founder of the Ponant company and former Merchant Marine Officer, he brings his armatorial and financial experience to the NEOLINE project.

Jean-Jacques Vidal

Jean-Jacques Vidal

Entrepreneur, Wine Producer and Trader in the South of France, he participates in commercial and marketing development.

Paul Le Bihan

Paul Le Bihan

Managing Director of a mutualist group and former President of the BELEM Foundation, he provides consultancy and expertise thanks to his career in the banking and insurance sectors.

Michel Dubreuil

Michel Dubreuil

Expert in digital strategy and entrepreneur, he brings his innovative vision to the commercial structuring of the offer and contributes to the strategic development of the project.

Operational Team

The development of the project is also carried out by a multidisciplinary operational team.

Adrien Simonet, Deputy Director

As Captain of Merchant Marine, he has sailed on different types of ships (conventional ships, car ferries and ro-ro ships). Since 2017, he has been assisting Jean Zanuttini in the management of the company.

Adrien Simonet

Adrien Prot, Sales representative

After 5 years of experience within several Nantes based freight forwarders and hauliers organisations, he joined the team at the end of 2017 and has since then developed commercial contacts with customers and shippers to ensure a satisfactory intake rate of the ships.

Adrien Prot

Guilhem Péan, Technical Manager

As Chief Engineer for more than seven years, he sailed for various shipowners and then managed a technical service before joining NEOLINE’s operational team in 2017. In charge of the technical follow-up of the project, he embodies the coordination between the technical partners  and the shipyards.


Bénédicte Enaux, Management Assistant and Web Project Manager

Specialized documentalist in monitoring and information research, she provides administrative assistance and manages the website as well as NEOLINE’s presence on social networks.

Bénédicte Enaux