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Construction monitoring

Ever since 2011, TOWT has been shipping cargo by sail.   

The keels of the first modern sailing cargo sisterships have been laid throughout the summer 2022.   

You can follow the builds on this page.   

Built by PIRIOU, a French shipyard the hull of vessel #1 is a fitted in Romania, is to be towed to Southern Brittany during the summer 2023, while the second ship will is being built in Piriou Vietnam.  


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On the way


The first #sailingcargo #TOWT left Giurgiu on 21 July, for the moment no #bysail, the ETA in Constantza is scheduled for that day.
You can follow the convoy on AIS.
The two tugs are "COREMAR 15" and "COREMAR 16".

The vessel will then be taken in charge on 02/08 in Constantza by the tug "HUNTER":
The ETA in Concarneau PIRIOU will be announced at a later date.

Hopefully before 31 August!



Concrete, emotional, and the birth - on live - of the soul of a great sailing ship.
And a responsibility: to give #bysail, during the life of this future ship, its rightful place in a truly low-carbon world.
From now on, things are going to be moving "all over the place".

TOWT's Sailing Cargo vessel #1 reaches for water. 


History's first modern sailing cargo vessel has just reached for water in its Romanian berth, on the Danube. 

She will slowly be towed, via the Black, Agean, Mediterranean seas, the Bosporus, Dardanelles and Gibraltar straits, up the Biscay to Brittany!

Indeed, she is expected in Concarneau (Southern Finistere) for fitting, rigging, etc. 

This 18th of July 2023 is a historic day, not only for TOWT, but, in the aftermath of a most disappointing MEPC80 at the IMO, for the future capacity of maritime shipping to decarbonise, and for maniking to be able to keep trading across the oceans without further damaging the climate.

At Romania, it takes colour


The hull is almost ready to be moved to France



Aurel, our chief mechanic in Romania. And would you like a good tip?

A marathon runner, merchant navy officer, naval architect and sailor, Aurel BONNIN followed the construction of the TOWT cargo sailing ships, before embarking as chief mechanic.

Moving & mounting the blocks

It is in this dazzling steel cathedral that these blocks, which seem almost light even though they weigh several dozen tons, soar high.

It is under these columns dedicated to the birth of great ships that great specialists, by the hundreds, put their best skills to the benefit of the great ship that takes shape under their precise gestures.

A look back at the construction of the first modern cargo ship #ClassePhénix at Piriou Romania in Giurgiu.

"The Ship Focuses on Everything", first contact with the first sailing cargo ship

Guillaume Le Grand, CEO, and Diana Mesa, Managing Director, visit the construction site in Romania, with their family!

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