New cars will cross the Atlantic by sailing ships

The ships will have sails on the side

A project to bring back sailing ships received a boost when car manufacturer Renault signed a deal for hundreds of new cars and vans to be carried by them across the Atlantic.

Tenders have been issued for the building of the first two 136m-long steel sailing ships, designed by the company Neoline. They are expected to cost €35million each.

Unlike sailing ships built at the end of the 19th century, the new ships’ masts and sails are set on the sides of the vessels. Automated furling systems and winches mean sailors will hardly ever have to climb to the topsails.

Adrien Prot, the ...

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