Wings for the Ariane 6 transport ship

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The ro-ro Canopée, built especially for transporting the new European space launcher, completed the final stage of its definitive fitting out this summer: the installation of its four large sail wings.

Serving Ariane 6

The hybrid industrial freighter Canopymade for ArianeGroup for the transport of elements of the future launcher Ariadne 6 from European ports to the Guyanacombines diesel propulsion and sailing assistance.

It was built under the direction ofTrade windsa joint venture between the shipowner Jifmar Offshore Services and the naval architect Zephyr and Boreasbased in Lorient (Morbihan).

The ship left the shipyards in December 2022. Neptune Marine in Hardinxveld-Giessendam in the Netherlands, and made its first transatlantic crossing the following January.

It measures 121 m long and 22 m wide, and is capable of moving 5,000 tonnes at a speed of 16.5 knots.

About ten times a year, it will have to ensure rotations between the ports of Bremen in Germany, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Le Havre and Bordeaux in mainland France, and that of Pariacabo in Kourou, near the Guiana Space Center.

Substantial savings

This summer in Caen-Ouistreham, Canopée was equipped with its four sail wings, which was the final stage of its definitive outfitting.

Retractable and made of composite, these wings each offer a windward surface of more than 360 square meters (33 meters high and 11 wide), and display an air draft of 49.90 meters above the water. .

They should save between 20 and 35% of fuel, ie 5 to 10% more than the world’s best performance of sailing systems installed on board modern merchant ships.

The Canopée wings were designed by the startup Ayrofounded by the Breton naval architecture firm VPLP Designat a cost of €5 million.

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