Canopée est un cargo qui va transporter la fusée ariane
© Realnum/VPLP – Zephyr & Borée – Jifmar

Canopée

Designed to transport parts of the Ariane 6 rocket from European ports to French Guiana, the cargo ship Canopée is scheduled for launch in late 2022. She will be 121 m long and powered by four 363 m² wingsails set on 36 m masts.

Ariane Espace put out a call for tenders for an innovative concept to carry fragile and dangerous loads across the Atlantic Ocean and into the shallow Kourou River. VPLP and the shipping company Alizé produced the successful bid.

Cargo Canopée par VPLP design
© Realnum/VPLP – Zephyr & Borée – Jifmar

Canopée is the first commercial application of the Oceanwings concept and, in proportion to her main propulsion system, she will harness the wind more than any other modern vessel. She is expected to undertake eleven return trips to French Guiana every year.

These wingsails will reduce fuel consumption by 15%, amounting to 3.5 tonnes of fuel per day at sea, without impacting the ship’s speed.

Launched

2022

Category

cargo

Architect

VPLP Design

Builder

Neptune Marine

Materials

steel

Length

120 m

Beam

22 m

Draft

5,0 m

Air Draft

49,6 m

Propulsion

wing

Sail Area

4 x 363 m2

Achievements

Winner of the Charte Bleue d’Armateurs de France Trophy