Keel laying ceremony for the innovative ro-ro ship NEOLINER ORIGIN at RMK Marine Shipyard

By 16 February 20242024 Newsletter week 07
February 16, 2024

Neoline Armateur celebrated the beginning of assembly of its first NEOLINER ORIGIN at RMK Marine shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey, marked by the laying of the first block. The launch of the ship is planned for December 2024, with delivery scheduled for June 2025 in Turkey.

The inaugural voyage of the NEOLINER ORIGIN, a 136-metre wind-powered ro-ro cargo ship, is set for July 2025, connecting the ports of Saint-Nazaire, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Baltimore, and Halifax.

Following the contract’s commencement in January 2023 and several months of detailed design studies, construction of the NEOLINER ORIGIN officially commenced on November 8 at RMK Marine Shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey, during the cutting of the ship’s first steel sheet. The ship is designed for specialized transport of rolling and oversized freight.

The NEOLINER ORIGIN will be equipped with nearly 3,000m2 of sail and two foldable Solidsail carbon masts, each 76m in height, manufactured by Chantiers de l’Atlantique. It will also feature retractable anti-drift plans made by Fouré Lagadec and will be equipped with an ultra-efficient weather routing system developed by D-ICE Engineering. These innovative technologies, along with a commercial speed of 11 knots, will enable the NEOLINER ORIGIN to achieve fuel savings of up to 80% to 90%, resulting in a significant reduction of associated greenhouse gas emissions.

With a loading capacity of 1,200 linear metres (2.8m wide) or 265 20′ containers, weighing a maximum of 5,300 tons, the NEOLINER ORIGIN can accommodate various types of cargo.