International shipping makes up more than 2 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions – equivalent to all aircraft. As a result, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from shipping 50 percent by 2050. This mandate has driven innovation that includes use of cylindrical sails and water bubbles to increase hull speed.

Boat makers are helping achieve this goal by creating market demand for more environmentally friendly transport. Groupe Beneteau said in a statement that it is working with Neoline, a French firm developing an energy-efficient cargo-sailing ship. Transatlantic deliveries from Saint-Nazaire in France to the U.S. east coast are scheduled to begin in 2021.

“Groupe Beneteau exports nearly 80% of the boats built in Europe. The United States is the main destination for these exports and the North American market represents almost 30% of our revenues. The exceptional dimensions of our boats and the need to safeguard their quality at every stage during their transportation makes this flow a real logistics challenge. NEOLINE offers a bespoke solution that is ecologically and economically relevant for our transatlantic flows, with loading also located very close to our yards.” explains Magdeleine Allaume, Groupe Beneteau Procurement and Supply Chain Director.

The NEOLINE sailing cargo ships emply sets of parallel sails to move up to 14 knots.

The ships will be about 400 feet long and weigh about eleven thousand tons. Speeds will range from seven to fourteen knots. The NEOLINE transport solution will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% on an ocean crossing.

As one of the largest recreational boat manufacturers in the world. Groupe Beneteau can certainly help drive change among all boat builders to create lower carbon emmissions processes.