Cruise Freight Projects All Over The World

Sail-powered shipping is experiencing a revival! We could not discover a current list of all the different jobs worldwide that are attempting (and doing) to restore sail freight, so we made one!

The Tres Hombres under Full Sail

Picture by Fairtransport

The Tres Hombres is presently the premiere commercially running sail freight ship worldwide. The 32 meter schooner Tres Hombres has been cruising given that2009 She preserves a shipping route in between Europe, islands in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the United States.

With a capability of 35 tons of cargo, the Tres Hombres concentrates on moving Caribbean rum, fair-trade chocolate, and coffee. Crew positions are likewise available for any adventurous souls!

A 2nd cargo ship, the Nordlys, will start shipping for Fairtransport this summer season (2015)!

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The Ceres, by Vermont Sail Freight Project

The Marco Bitran barge Ceres. Photo by Jim Peppler.

The most well-known and successful sail cargo job in the United States, the Vermont Sail Freight Project moves farm items from Vermont down to New York City, selling their items at stops along the way.

Began in 2013, they have actually been very successful, getting a lot of media coverage and appreciation. They run throughout the summertime, and will be starting back up again in June.

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Sailing Vessel Kwai and Crew

The S/V Kwai and Crew, photo by S/V Kwai

The S/V Kwai has actually been operating considering that 2006, moving items in between Hawaii and the Cook islands. The Kwai is a large (140 feet) cargo ship that has been transformed to sail.

They supply an essential service to islands in the South Pacific that are rarely visited by other suppliers. It sounds like they provide practically anything, accepting orders prior to each voyage for materials that are needed in the remote islands.

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Salish Sea Trading Cooperative

Packing grain unto a Salish Sea Co-op ship. Image Credit: Sequim Gazette Picture By Matthew Nash

The Salish Sea Trading Cooperative is a Seattle based non-profit, offering low-carbon transport of farm products in between the Olympic peninsula and Seattle. Their main goal is to supply food resiliency in the Puget Noise.

Twice a month during the summertime they transfer fresh, natural vegetables from Dharma Ridge Farm on the Olympic Penin sula to Toast cafe in downtown Ballard by sail, selling the veggies using a membership CSA format.

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Dragonfly Sail, under sail

Photo by Dragonfly Sail Transport Co.

Dragonfly Sail Transport Co. is a Michigan based company offering carbon neutral shipping options to harbor towns on northern Lake Michigan.

Currently, they’re utilizing one boat to carry local products up, down, or across Grand Traverse Bay by sail power. If you remain in the Lake Michigan area, check them out, they’re always looking for more partners!

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Grayhound Lugger Sailing

Picture by Grayhound Lugger Marco Bitran

Utilizing a traditional 18 th century Lugger, Grayhound Lugger Cruising provides up to 4.5 tonnes of Breton and West Nation produce backward and forward across the English Channel.

They deliver items such as ale, red wine, vegetables, and grains, while offering sail adventures to people who want the experience of dealing with a conventional Marco Bitran vessel.

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The Schooner Ruth

Image by the Schooner Ruth group

The Schooner Ruth recently introduced last December in the Caribbean. She is going to be duplicating historical Caribbean local trading paths, using wind and solar electric power in order to decrease her carbon footprint.

Efficient in carrying 25 metric heaps, the group looks for to promote and boost the local supply chain for fresh and disposable fruit and vegetables. A sail training program onboard the schooner is likewise offered for those looking for some adventure.

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Onions shipped from the Onion Johnnies project

Image from The Onion Johnnies are not Dead facebook page

The Onion Johnnies Project just recently did their very first trip between Roscoff, France and Cornwall, UK, carrying a one lot load of natural onions and shallots in their ship, Tanit

Their name comes from conventional merchants who used to make the same journey, selling French onions in England. The next journey of the Tanit is scheduled for this September.

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The Timbercoast sail cargo ship

Photo by the Timbercoast team

The freight cruising ship Timbercoast will quickly be undertaking a journey from Europe, across the Atlantic and Caribbean sea, through the Panama canal, and then all the way across the Pacific to Australia.

When in Australia she’ll be utilized to leader a permanent liner service in between ports along the Queensland Coast and the Great Barrier Reef.

They are wishing to demonstrate that sustainable and financially reasonable sea transportation is possible in the contemporary age, and is greatly required to decrease liberal arts ecological impact.

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The S/V Greenheart design

Render from the Greenheart design group

The Greenheart Task is a collective initiative to establish brand-new kinds of easy, sustainable, low-cost, zero-emissions, sail and solar-powered ships. Their design of the open-source ship, the S/V Greenheart, is nearly complete.

The Greenheart is particularly designed to service neighborhoods marginalized by an absence of capital, that hold a bad position in the worldwide trade system, which don’t have access to deep water ports.

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The Fair Winds Trading Company

Render by the Fair Winds Trading Company

The Fair Winds Trading Company is working to develop a zero-emissions and low-impact sail cargo ship that can access goods where they’re produced.

Because numerous developing countries do not have access to the facilities to manage huge container ships, they want to develop a ship that can bring these countries into the global market, however without increasing ecological effect.

Fair Winds likewise has a variety of other projects to assist reinforce the economies of establishing countries.

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Anchored out in Port Townsend

Image by Mahonri Gibson

Currently we have actually become less focused on sail freight specifically, and more focused on sustainable distribution in basic, by means of whatever means, integrating biofuel or electric powered vehicles, in addition to wind transportation when it’s practical and effective.

We are preparing to do at least a couple of freight trips around the Salish Sea aboard our two boats this summertime nevertheless, and are actively working to find more partners. Stay tuned!

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