Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Boost for Wind Sail maker and French Port as Factory Plans Announced

Another Step toward Decarbonisation Taken
Shipping News Feature
FRANCE – With the growing popularity of wind power as a secondary propulsion source for merchant vessels, so comes new of the latest project from AYRO which designs and delivers the Oceanwings® system, a deck borne sail system for maritime transport.

The system uses sensors on the ‘wingsails’ to determine the nature of the wind and analyses it using a computer before adjusting the camber and angle for optimum performance. Now a contract has been signed between AYRO and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Caen (CCI) in Normandy, concessionaire of the Port of Caen-Ouistreham, to locate its production facility for manufacturing the furlable, reefable and automated product. Ludovic Gérard, CEO of AYRO said:

“We are very proud to get this great opportunity to set up our wingsail production factory in Normandy, and to mark a major milestone in our Oceanwings® industrialisation. Benefiting from a dynamic ecosystem and open to the sea, this location will be ideal to serve our clients best.”

Canopée is a 121 metre long RoRo vessel, designed by naval architect VPLP design and currently being built at the Neptune Marine shipyard. Chartered by Alizée, a joint-venture between Jifmar and Zephyr & Borée, she will be transporting components of the Ariane 6 rocket, Ariane Group, from Europe to French Guyana.

AYRO says the factory will provide over hundred job opportunities in the area, taking advantage of this strategic location. The production of the four Oceanwings® 363 for the Canopée project will start December 2021 and the delivery is expected end 2022.

In the middle of the port area, the plant will also benefit from direct access to the sea and will therefore be particularly suitable to deliver the Oceanwings® to French and European shipyards. The canal from Caen to the sea offers a calm and sheltered stretch of water, with constant level, allowing easy installation on board ships. Michel Collin, CCI of Caen Director commented:

”With the establishment of the AYRO factory, Caen-Ouistreham cargo-port will be able to participate actively in the economic sector development dedicated to shipping. Innovation, technology, trading and shipping will be at the heart of the project to respond to environmental challenges.”