Neptune Marine will start completion of the sailing freighter Canopée at its yard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam. The vessel reached the Netherlands after being towed by the shipbuilder’s EuroTug Neptun11.
The vessel was built at the Partner Stoczina shipyard in Szczecin, Poland, where it was launched on 28 June. Dutch Neptune Marine won the contract to build the sailing cargo ship, which will transport Ariane 6 rockets, in January 2021.
The 121-metre-long ship will be equipped with four 30-metre-high Oceanwings. The Oceanwings sail panels will cover an area of 375 square metres each and should save around 35 per cent on fuel consumption.
According to the French client Alizés, the Canopée is a prototype, but it is not clear how many ships in total will be built. Groot Ship Design supplied the naval architecture and all engineering for steel construction.
Canopée to transport rockets
Alizés, which means trade winds, is a joint venture between the French shipping companies Jifmar Offshore Services and Zéphyr et Borée set up especially for this project. It won the Ariane Group’s tender a year ago for a new transport concept, beating among others the large French shipping company Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. Alizés is already transporting rockets, but has chartered general cargo vessel Eastern Rock to use until the Canopée is ready.
Canopée’s structure has been specially designed to transport containerised sections of Ariane 6 launchers. The vessel will transport Ariane rockets from Europe to French Guyana. As such, it has been specifically designed to be able to navigate upriver at Kourou, right to the dock near the Spaceport.
Pictures by Neptune Marine.