On 26 September, Airseas, a start-up company based in Nantes, completed trials of its Seawing automated sail system on the ro-ro vessel VILLE DE BORDEAUX operated by LD Seaplane (Louis Dreyfus Armateurs).
This 500 m² kite, which rises 300 metres above the sea, helps to reduce fuel consumption. It has been tested for almost two years on transatlantic flights between the Montoir ro-ro terminal and the port of Mobile (Alabama), transporting aircraft parts to the Airbus factory in the United States.
These tests validated the take-off, ascent, descent, landing and towing phases of the sail. The sail is expected to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by around 20%.