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Michelin to use sailing cargo ships for tire transport

Christian Fernsby |
The Michelin Group recently signed a transport commitment with NEOLINE.

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Topics: MICHELIN   

NEOLINE's decarbonized shipping service relies on clean and renewable wind energy as the main propulsion for its 136m long cargo ships with 4200 m2 of sails.

This is an innovative and unique solution, open to all shippers, which will reduce by 90% the CO2 emissions related to transatlantic maritime freight transport.

A first concrete step for the Michelin group on the NEOLINE pilot line from Halifax (Canada) to Saint-Nazaire - Montoir de Bretagne (France) by 2023.

The transport commitment signed by Michelin concerns the transport by sailing cargo ships of tires loaded in containers from Halifax (Canada) to Saint-Nazaire - Montoir de Bretagne (France) on the pilot line opened by NEOLINE, which will also serve the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, as well as Baltimore (USA).

NEOLINE plans to open its transatlantic line with a first operating vessel in 2023.

With the arrival of a second vessel, scheduled a year later, the Michelin group will gradually entrust NEOLINE with at least 50% of the group's containers transported on this line.

Like the Group's sites, which are committed to the ambitious goal of zero CO2 emissions by 2050, Michelin intends to test new solutions to decarbonize its logistics operations.

Michelin is launching construction on its first tire recycling plant in collaboration with Enviro, a Swedish company that has developed a patented technology to recover carbon black, oil, steel and gas from end-of-life tires.

Based in Chile’s Antofagasta region, the plant will be able to recycle 30,000 tons of earthmover tires a year, or nearly 60% of such tires scrapped every year nationwide.

Work will begin in 2021, with production scheduled to get underway in 2023.

More than $30 million will be invested in building Michelin’s first new-generation end-of-life tire processing plant.

The new-generation recycling plant will support the circular economy with innovative recycling processes.

Scrap tires will be collected directly from customer premises, then transported to the plant to be cut up and recycled.

Enviro’s technology, which produces new, high-quality reusable materials like carbon black, pyrolysis oil, gas and steel, will enable everything in an end-of-life tire to be recovered for reuse.

Current plans call for 90% of the recovered materials to be reused in a variety of rubber-based products, such as tires, conveyor belts and anti-vibration products.

The remaining 10% will be reused directly by the plant to generate its own-use heat and power.

This initial recycling plant will enable Michelin to offer a comprehensive recycling solution, from collecting end-of-life tires to reusing the recovered raw materials in the manufacture of new products.


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