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A French company is starting to build sailing cargo vessels. The site is in French but lots of pretty pictures.
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Renault is going to use them to deliver cars transatlantic. They figure about a 14 day trip from France to Charleston, then on to Baltimore and St Pierre/Miquelon and back to France. Based on their studies of the wind patterns, they're aiming at 11 knots average speed. The main idea is to cut Renault's carbon emissions for delivering product. The 445 foot freighter will have about a dozen crew. Building is supposed to start in the first quarter of 2019. First crossing voyage expected in 2021. (Speaking French can be useful at times.)
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The real idea...is to cut cost...or its not sustainable...real
Viable or not...dunno
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If they carried a few passengers I'd be booking a trip. Could even help add to the bottom line. I once booked passage on a Container ship from Houston along the east South American coast and back. Enjoyed it very much!

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^^^ If I am reading it right passenger capacity of 12, crew of 14.
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Website claims 50% reduction in fuel costs. They note that the shipping industry in general is reducing average speeds now in order to cut fuel costs. The ships show sails as their primary power with diesel-electric engines as auxiliaries. Their configuration will enable them to carry specialty cargos - pieces up to 200 T, more than 9 meters high - a niche market that may be quite lucrative.
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Website claims 50% reduction in fuel costs. They note that the shipping industry in general is reducing average speeds now in order to cut fuel costs. The ships show sails as their primary power with diesel-electric engines as auxiliaries. Their configuration will enable them to carry specialty cargos - pieces up to 200 T, more than 9 meters high - a niche market that may be quite lucrative.
I could see how they will save on fuel costs using sails from my own Electric Propulsion system's operation. I usually start out in light winds with my prop turning just enough to eliminate any prop drag about 10 amps. As the wind picks up along with boat speed I watch the amps start to to drop toward zero. Then watch as it goes positive and starts charging the battery under way. Don't know if this ship will operate the same way. But, it could use a combination of sail and EP to maintain the needed speed or all sail if there is enough wind.

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I could see how they will save on fuel costs using sails from my own Electric Propulsion system's operation. I usually start out in light winds with my prop turning just enough to eliminate any prop drag about 10 amps. As the wind picks up along with boat speed I watch the amps start to to drop toward zero. Then watch as it goes positive and starts charging the battery under way. Don't know if this ship will operate the same way. But, it could use a combination of sail and EP to maintain the needed speed or all sail if there is enough wind.
Neoline's website suggests that they may experiment with battery power, recharging en route with solar or plugging in when docked. Using water power to recharge, as you suggest, or wind, would make a lot of sense.
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