New Low-Emission Ships for Airbus Transatlantic Flee

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Written by Harry Johnson

Airbus announced plans to upgrade its fleet of chartered vessels that transport aircraft subassemblies between production facilities in Europe and the United States with three low-emission roll-on/roll-off vessels, supported by wind-assisted propulsion.

Shipowner Louis Dreyfus Armateurs has been commissioned to build, own and operate these new, highly efficient vessels that will enter into service from 2026.

The new Airbus fleet is expected to reduce average annual transatlantic CO2 emissions from 68,000 to 33,000 tons by 2030.

Airbus is planning to gradually renew the chartered vessels that ferry its aircraft subassemblies across the Atlantic between Saint-Nazaire, France, and its single-aisle aircraft final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama.

The new vessels will be powered by a combination of six Flettner rotors – large, rotating cylinders that generate lift thanks to the wind, propelling the ship forward – and two dual-fuel engines running on maritime diesel oil and e-methanol.


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Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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