Dutch Neptune marine builds hybrid cargo vessel for Jifmar


French Jifmar Guyane has selected Dutch shipyard Neptune Marine to build the hybrid Canopée cargo vessel. The vessel, which makes use of conventional propulsion and wind propulsion, is to be delivered at the end of 2022.

The vessel will be operated by Alizées, a joint venture between Jifmar Offshore Services and Zéphyr et Borée, and will transport parts of the Ariane 6 launcher from Europe to French Guyana .

The 121 metre long vessel will be equipped with conventional main propulsion and four automated wings, combined with a weather routing system to use wind energy. This will allow the Canopée to reduce its CO2 emissions by up to 30%.

The signature with Neptune Marine for the construction of the Canopée vessel took place in October. Since then, detailed engineering studies have been on their way with hull tank testing scheduled for the coming weeks. The laying of the keel will follow in the second quarter of 2021, while Alizées will take delivery of the vessel at the end of 2022 after a series of tests.

The construction of the vessel will take place between the Netherlands and Poland where the Neptune shipyards are located. To respect the design concept, Neptune has approached Groot design, a design office specialised in “Open Top” cargo vessels. This was based on the architectural project carried by VPLP design which had enabled Alizes to win the ArianeGroup tender. It is also a subsidiary of VPLP design, Ayro which will supply the wings which will equip the ship.

“We look forward to operating this vessel on behalf of ArianeGroup and showing the full potential of wind propulsion in the merchant navy. On the one hand, the option of a European shipyard secures this project in the context of uncertainty generated by the Covid-19 and its repercussions. On the other hand, we hope that this will allow Europe to take the lead in the construction of innovative vessels equipped with wind propulsion. ” Nils Joyeux, CEO of Zéphyr et Borée.

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