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Bigger than a pleasure boat, smaller than a container ship, Grain of Sail, the first modern sailing cargo ship, sails off the coast of Brittany. Its four crew members are preparing to cross the Atlantic on Wednesday, November 18. Before the big departure, a delicate operation begins: on the quays of the port of Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine), 14,000 bottles of organic wine are loaded into the bunkers to be delivered to American restaurants.
The trip will last five weeks, then head south to load 50 tonnes of cocoa in the West Indies before returning to the Breton coast. For several years, sailing deliveries have been on the rise. It is an environmentally friendly alternative to diesel-powered sea freight. All aluminum, Grain de Sail is a concentrate of technology. With its wind turbines and photovoltaic panels, it will emit 17 times less CO2 than a regular cargo ship.
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