Well over a year ago, sailing freighter Canopée completed its first transatlantic crossing. Yet, only now, the Polish shipyard has released a video of the vessel’s launch.

Neptune Marine in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, the Netherlands, was responsible for building the Canopée, with Groot Ship Design supplying the naval architectural works and all engineering for steel construction and information for processing the plates and profiles. The vessel was largely built at the Partner Stoczina shipyard in Szczecin, Poland, where it was launched on 28 June 2022. It then arrived in the Netherlands in October to be completed at Neptune.

On its LinkedIn page, Groot Ship Design shared a link to a video of the Polish shipyard showing the Canopée’s launch, see the post below. This footage has not been released before. It shows the hull being moved onto a pontoon and towed to the drydock and floated. It was then towed to the quay for further finishing.

At the start of the year, Bolloré Logistics organised the door-to-door transport of a satellite and its various components from the customer’s site in Toulouse to the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou. Weighing 42 tonnes in total, the Canopée transported the load over nearly 7000 km during a three-week period. It was the Canopée’s first transatlantic crossing.

In summer 2023, the vessel was fitted with its Oceanwings sails. And in November 2023, the ship was awarded the Ship of the Year Award at the Maritime Awards Gala.

Also read: Neptune’s Canopée bags 2023 Ship of the Year Award

Canopée particulars

The Canopée is an open top RoRo ship. The ship has a lot of deck area and a limited draught. The most visible innovation are the four Oceanwings on the ship. This creates a propulsion force to reduce fuel consumption and thus CO2, NOx and SOx emissions.

The details according to Neptune Marine are:

  • Length: 121.00 m
  • Width: 22.00 m
  • Design draught: 4.30 m
  • Scantling draught: 5.00 m
  • River draught: 3.80 m
  • Deadweight (5.00 m): 5500 t
  • Deadweight river: 2700 t
  • Tank top surface: 655 m2
  • Surface mezzanine deck (3 removable panels 335 m2)
  • Design speed: 16.5 kn
  • Main engines: 2 x 3480 kW
  • Oceanwings: 4x 363 m2
  • Accomodation: 22 people (11 crew members)

Picture (top) by Flying Focus.

Also read: VIDEO: Canopée christened and en route to French Guyane