TOWT orders sailing cargo ship in PIRIOU
The French shipyard PIRIOU has announced that it has won a contract for the design studies and construction of an 81-meter sailing freighter for the sailing freight transport company TransOceanic Wind Transport (TOWT).
Wind-powered sailing freighters are gaining increasing interest in the shipping industry, with shipping companies looking for ways to limit their environmental impact.
Guillaume Le Grand, president of TOWT-Transport wind energy transport, declared: “Today, TOWT is going further by ordering a ship from Piriou which will make it possible to massify its environmental impact by transporting up to 20,000 tonnes of goods per year at sailing. The cargo sailboat, which will be completed by the PIRIOU shipyard in 2023, will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 90% and save 20 g of CO2 per tonne transported per kilometer. It will thus save 3,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. In addition to carbon savings, the mainly wind-powered propulsion will allow a significant reduction in air pollution caused by the heavy fuel oil generally used by merchant ships.
The new ship built by PIRIOU is designed to operate 320 days a year, capable of carrying up to 1,100 tonnes of cargo in a single ocean crossing.
While navigation will be primarily under sail, the vessel will also be equipped to operate in hybrid power mode, with one or two engines operating, at different power levels. It will feature sail rigging distributed over two masts, as well as two turbocharged four-stroke marine diesel engines.
On the bridge, there will be a single command post which will allow the officer of the watch to carry out all heading adjustment commands and operations on his own, excluding maneuvers.
After the design studies phase, the construction of the vessel will take 18 months, PIRIOU said. The ship will be equipped at Concarneau, and the launch is scheduled for summer 2023.
Last year, PIRIOU won a contract for the construction of a Seventh Continent polar supply vessel.
Vincent Faujour, President of the PIRIOU group declared: “A few weeks after the announcement of the signing of a contract for the construction of Jean-Louis Etienne’s Seventh Continent sailboat, Piriou proves that the shipyard is at the forefront of innovation concerning the progress of sailing technologies and the decarbonisation of maritime transport.
Hull length 69 m
Total length: 81 m
Beam: 11.9 m
Depth at main deck: 8.65 m
Maximum draft (cast) 6 m
Air draft. 64 meters away
Crew: 7 to 12 p max
Passenger capacity (6 double cabins) 12 p.
Average speed. : 10.5 knots
Maximum speed under sail More than 16 kts
Hull / superstructure: Steel / aluminum
Sail power: 2 masts, 4 aluminum booms
Sail area (2 large sails, 2 jibs, 1 genoa jib: 2,500 m²
Engine power: 2 x 422 kWm at 1790 rpm
1 bow thruster
Generators 2 x 250 kVA
Pallet cranes hold 2 x 7.5 t at 4.5 m
Freight capacity (1,000 to 1,100 tonnes in bulk on
pallets + 135 barrels of 225 liters of wines or spirits